Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ericsson hopes for long F1 stay

(Florent Gooden DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Caterham F1 Team driver Marcus Ericsson is hopeful that he can remain in Formula One long-term despite what has been an extremely challenging debut season for the Swedish driver. In the first 12 race's of the season, Ericsson have failed to finish five Grand Prix. The Caterham team have also yet to score a single point and find themselves in 11th place in the Constructors championship.

The Marussia F1 Team scored their very first world championship points at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this season when Jules Bianchi finished the race in 9th place.

The Caterham F1 Team was sold by then owner Tony Fernandes. The Leafield based team was bought by a Middle Eastern/Swiss consortium who have been working extremely hard to turn the teams fortunes around. It was announced prior to the Italian Grand Prix last time out that team principal Christijan Albers had left the team with immediate affect due to personal reasons.

Ericsson however is un-phased by the current issues with the team saying:

'To be honest, when you're in the car and preparing for race weekends you're so focused on that you don't really think about it.'

Ericsson went on to say:

'It's not been something that has influenced me but obviously now we have the new owners that have come in and they've been pushing really hard to continue developing the car, so that's been very positive. I think we're in a good trend.'

The Caterham F1 Team have yet to announce their plans with regards their 2015 driver line-up. Speaking to Reuters, Ericsson said he management are working on extending his time in Formula One.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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