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GP2 Driver of the Year vote: 6th

You voted Marcus Ericsson into 6th place in's GP2 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2011:
6. Marcus Ericsson

Birthplace: Kumla, Swedan
Team: iSport International
2011 starts: 24
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Podiums: 4
Fastest laps: 1
Championship points: 9 (Asia), 25 (Europe)
Championship position: 6th (Asia), 10th (Europe)

After a full season in GP2 with Super Nova in 2010 which saw him claim his first win at Valencia, Sweden's Marcus Ericcson would have had high expectations for his sophomore season after moving to iSport alongside the equally experienced Sam Bird.

A profitable first outing in GP2 Asia saw him take fourth place in the opening feature in Abu Dhabi (with a nice move on Giedo van der Garde along the way) and then following it up with a podium in the sprint race. Italy and Turkey saw him stuck in the midfield, but Barcelona was another profitable weekend for him when he took fifth place in the feature and then took advantage of a sluggish Jules Bianchi getaway off the grid to claim third place in the sprint.

But after that, a sequence of three retirements put him on the back foot: hitting the barrier while battling with his team mate made for an embarrassing end to his Monaco feature race (and was just one of a number of early incidents between Ericsson and Bird), and sliding into the barrier at the swimming pool in the sprint race completed a horrible Mediterranean weekend for him. At least his exit from the Valencia feature race after Jules Bianchi pinched him too tightly into the first corner wasn't his fault, even if he still ended up pointless.

Things improved at Silverstone, with Ericsson coping well with the wet conditions and with the horrible degradation that all drivers were experiencing with their tyres. After a yoyo-ing afternoon up and down the positions, Ericsson had enough left at the end to claim third place on the podium. He would finish in the points in the sprint race as well, and went in to finish in the top five at the Nurburgring once again at the expense of a late move on Giedo van der Garde.

The feature race at Hungary would prove to be his last hurrah in terms of points, while mechanical gremlins put him out of the wet Spa feature race. But he had done well enough for iSport to want him back as their senior driver for the GP2 Final exhibition event back in Abu Dhabi, and he repeated the strong form he had shown here eight months earlier: after finishing fourth in the feature he picked up a second place on the podium after a great start, although he was finally thwarted for the outright win by new boy James Calado.

It was a good note to finish on, and to set him up for an already-confirmed full 2012 season outing with iSport.

Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2011 results so far:

7. Sam Bird
8. Giedo Van Der Garde
9. Tom Dillmann
10. Luiz Razia

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Jules Bianchi (FRA,Lotus ART) celebrates his victory in the 2011 Silverstone feature race on the podium with Christian Vietoris (GER, Racing Engineering) and Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International). [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) and Jules Bianchi (FRA,Lotus ART) in the barrier at turn 1 at Valencia in the feature race. [Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.]
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the race t the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. July 2011. [Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.]
James Calado (GBR, Lotus ART) celebrates his GP2 Final sprint race victory on the podium with Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) and Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International). [Photo credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain. Wednesday 19th October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain. Wednesday 19th October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
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