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Caterham rookie Ericsson keen to learn from Kobayashi

The first Swedish driver in F1 since 1991, Marcus Ericsson is confident he can learn from experienced Caterham team-mate Kamui Kobayashi in his rookie year.
Marcus Ericsson is hoping to learn as much as possible from team-mate Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham and is confident he can make the step up from GP2.

2014 will mark Ericsson's debut in Formula One, while Kobayashi has previously started in 60 grands prix during spells at Toyota and Sauber.

Far from being concerned by being paired with an experienced team-mate, Ericsson believes it will actually help him raise his game and become a better driver.

“I think it's very good for me to start Formula One with a very experienced team-mate like Kamui,” Ericsson said. “He's shown already in Formula One how high level he can perform at. So for me it's a great opportunity and I will learn as much as I can from him. Obviously I hope we can have a good working relationship and help each other to bring the team forward and be as strong as we possibly can.”

Ericsson steps up from GP2 after a relatively disappointing season in 2013. Having been tipped as one of the title favourites, Ericsson finished sixth in the standings with just one race victory. However, he said his improvement after failing to score a point in the first nine races of the season convinces him he will be able to deal with the pressure in Formula One.

“Last year was my big year in GP2; I had the car, I had the speed, I had everything to be fighting for the championship. But the start of the year was really tough. I knew the speed was there but it just didn't go my way. I think I learned to control the pressure and in the second half of the year I was more driving for my career than anything because I knew if I didn't improve the second part I would probably be back in Sweden driving touring cars.

“So for me I felt even more pressure in the second half of the season than the first but I worked quite hard on the mental side and I'm really happy that I was able to perform at the level that I did at the end of the year.”

With Stefan Johansson having been the last Swede to race in Formula One, Ericsson also said he felt it was a big opportunity for him to represent the country.

“For Sweden it's great obviously, we've been waiting a long time – 23 years – so it's great for my country and I'm really proud. I hope that I can do really well and make them proud.”


Tagged as: Sauber , ericsson , Kobayashi , Caterham

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2013 GP2 Championship. Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 2nd November 2013. Saturday Race. Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) celebrates his maiden GP2 victory on the podium with Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Carlin) and Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) following the conclusion of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
The safety car leads the field during the Saturday feature race at the Nurburgring in Germany on July 6, 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium after winning the Saturday feature race at the Nurburgring in Germany on July 6, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) celebrates his victory on the podium after winning the Saturday feature race at the Nurburgring in Germany on July 6, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
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