Ericsson: F1 'artificial' compared to IndyCar

Wednesday, 05 december 2018, 06:07 , by Matthew Scott

Marcus Ericsson says that Formula 1 is "artificial" in comparison to IndyCar, having completed his first test in the American-based series ahead of a full-time switch in 2019. Ericsson was released by Sauber after five seasons on the team and will race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport next year.

Ericsson enjoyed his equal-best F1 season in terms of points-scoring in 2018, but he was vastly outperformed by rookie Charles Leclerc, who will move to Ferrari next year.

Sauber's Ferrari connection will see Antonio Giovinazzi step up, while the signing of Kimi Raikkonen from the Scuderia left Ericsson searching for an alternative race seat in 2019.

He remains contracted to Sauber as third driver, but he seems happy with his switch to IndyCar after getting his hands on the machinery for the first time at Sebring.

"I'd never seen these cars live before," Ericsson said.

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"It was cool to see the other guys go out. The car looks really cool. I've watched a lot of clips on the internet to prepare myself for this.

"This sort of gets me back to why I fell in love with racing.

"F1 is always going to be F1, you know? But it's sort of a bit artificial in some ways. You always go to these perfect places, and that's not racing, I would say. This takes me back to the passion of racing.

"As a driver, you have to work this car a lot more.

"F1 always starts from perfection, whereas here you have to deal with the car you have and then sort of perfect it. It's a lot more work from the driver. That's the biggest difference."

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Comments (18)

  • Chris Harris
    The last F1 driver that made an impact in Indy Car was probably Nigel Mansell. Sato a little bit by winning the 500.
  • Roger Hinkley
    Well I hope he puts his money where his mouth is. Lets see him perform. Dont quite think he is up to Alonso's level
  • Jeremy Andracchio
    You still can't drive for shit. No matter what class your in.. didnt here f' all from you all season. I wonder why
  • Duane Harrison
    No grid girls, fairy engines, selling races to pay TV in Australia... Is Liberty Media taking the piss or do they hate money?
  • David GT Ramos
    Bro shut up got FIRE from Sauber when Sauber is as its Best...that's how sad you R
  • Bryan Falcon
    Who are you again? Oh right, the guy who “crashed” Grosjean out
  • Federico Tombolini
    ...said the driver who just arrived to a championship with all equal cars.
  • Rodney Lees
    Just give the officals the bird like Will Power and you'll fit in fine
  • Don Garner
    .....rude awakening....real drivers, real cars, no brit twit commentators.
  • Oliver Fabian
    Somehow he managed to insult F1 and Indycar at the same time!
  • Aidan Millward
    But when Alonso said it, it was fine.
  • Josh Lauzon
    Wonder why he would say that..
  • Guy Fleshbourne
    Personally I don't give a crap.
  • James Brown
    Aww, poor baby
  • Paul McLauchlin
    He's right.
  • Frank Fang
    it is true tho
  • ????? ??????
    Carey wouldn't like that

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