Over the past three years with the team, Marcus has not only established himself as an experienced driver, but also become a vital part of the team. He is known for his ability to motivate his team members, impressing with his focus, dedication, and positive attitude. Although the 2017 season was a tough one, Marcus remains positive when speaking about 2018. “2017 was a difficult year but we worked hard as a team and made some good progress. I am happy about the way we improved in the end of the season after having had a difficult first part. I have developed a lot as a driver and have a good level of experience that can be beneficial to the whole team.”
For 2018, Marcus looks forward to “working together as a team, and becoming more competitive. The partnership with Alfa Romeo is a great opportunity for all of us. For me, it feels like a big chance after having worked hard for many years. It will be my fourth season with the team, and I look forward to being back on track with everyone.”
Marcus started his racing career in karting by coincidence. “My family was never involved in motorsport, so I got into racing more or less by chance. When I was eight years old, I went to a shopping mall with my parents. They had a rental go-kart track there. I wanted to try it out and convinced my parents.” Unexpectedly, Marcus almost broke the lap record during his first kart drive. The owner of the track was Fredrik Ekblom, a Swedish racing driver. After Fredrik convinced Marcus’ father to buy him a kart, his motorsport journey began. Interestingly, Marcus’ roots are in Kumla/Örebro. The region, located in the middle of Sweden, is well known for motorsport as many Swedish racing drivers come from this area. One of the most famous ones was Ronnie Peterson, who was a Formula 1 legend in the ‘70s. His fellow countryman, Marcus, admits that Peterson is one of his Formula 1 heroes.
After successful years in karting where Marcus won the Nordic and Swedish championships, the next logical step was to switch to formula racing. In his rookie year (2007) he became the Formula BMW UK champion with seven wins. A year later, he finished fifth in the British Formula 3 Championship (2008).
Big in Japan
“When my manager called me to tell me that I was going to live in Japan and race there for a year, I could not believe it,” explained Marcus. He left Europe and started his adventure in Japanese Formula 3 (2009), moving to Japan at the age of 18. “It was a massive change for me. I lived there on my own, and I had to grow up very fast.” It was a huge challenge, but also a great experience. “Looking back, I think it was a great year which helped me to develop not only as a driver, but also as a person.” At the end of an intense season, Marcus clinched the Japanese Formula 3 championship title with five wins (2009).
The greatest reward for Marcus was being offered a test in the Brawn GP Formula 1 car during the Young Driver Test days in Jerez (2009). “It was an amazing experience that made me realize that this is what I wanted to do. After that, I worked even harder to reach my ultimate goal of driving in Formula 1.”
In 2010, Marcus returned to Europe for his first year in the GP2 Series. In total, he competed in GP2 for four years, with his best overall result being sixth place in 2013. A year later, he had his debut in Formula 1.
F1 stats prior to the 2018 season
|First GP||Australia 2014|
|Best race result||8th Australia (2015)|
|Date/place of birth||2nd September 1990 / Kumla (SE)|
|Height / weight||1,80 m / 70 kg|
|Hobbies||Ice hockey, padel tennis and motorsports|
|Favourite food||Japanese and Italian|
|Favourite music||Depends on the situation, likes all type of music|
|Favourite circuit||Suzuka, Silverstone|
|2017||20th FIA Formula One Championship (Sauber F1 Team)|
|2016||22nd FIA Formula One Championship (Sauber F1 Team)|
|2015||18th FIA Formula One Championship (Sauber F1 Team)|
|2014||19th FIA Formula One Championship (Caterham F1 Team)|
|2013||6th place GP2 series|
|2012||8th place GP2 series|
|2011||10th place GP2 series
6th place GP2 Asia
|2010||11th place GP2 series|
|2009||1st place Japanese Formula 3|
|2008||5th place British Formula 3|
|2007||1st place Formula BMW UK|
|1999 – 2006 Karting||Swedish and Nordic Champion – ICA Junior 2005
Swedish Champion – Formula Mini 2003
Rookie of the year and 4th overall – Swedish Formula Mini 2002
Rookie of the year – Swedish Formula Micro 2000