As far as rookie seasons go, Marcus Ericsson has faced the toughest test in recent memory. Caterham have been unable to edge ahead of chief rivals Marussia so far this season and as the company has changed hands in decidedly unceremonious fashion, Ericsson has had to deal with instability not confined to the race track. Regardless, Marcus is maintaining a positive outlook on his future prospects and is hoping that this year marks the first of many seasons in Formula 1 – Well, wouldn’t would be concerned if he didn’t?
The Optimism of Youth
Caterham need all of the optimism they can get right now, as the team are facing their most challenging days since their birth in 2010. After Tony Fernandes jumped ship, the consortium of buyers stepped in alongside Christijan Albers to stem the tide of misfortune. However, now that Albers has followed in the footsteps of Fernandes, it is solely down to Colin Kolles to save the day – while he is perhaps the best man for the job, I doubt team morale is particularly high at the moment. However, Ericsson is maintaining a positive outlook that can only be seen through the rose tinted visor of youth.
“The debut season in F1 is obviously very tough but it’s been okay,” Marcus told Reuters. “The aim for me is to stay in Formula One for many years and that’s what we’re working at doing at the moment.” Ultimately, the first half of his 2014 campaign was perhaps more promising than recent performances. The Belgian Grand Prix weekend must have concerned the youngster, with Andre Lotterer jumping into Kamui Kobayashi’s car and beating his teammate by a full second in Qualifying. The rookie error in the previous round at Hungary had hardly established Ericsson’s wet weather credentials anyway.
Despite the difficulties faced during the 2014 campaign, Ericsson’s temperament is very impressive. To cope with the politics, rumours and criticisms surrounding him and his team this season must have been a challenge and if his team can pull through the trials and tribulations they currently face, it will require a similar positivity and attitude.