Pirelli test won’t make Ericsson miss Formula 1

Jamie Woodhouse
Pirelli test "only positive" for Marcus Ericsson, but he doesn't expect it to make him miss Formula 1.

Pirelli test "only positive" for Marcus Ericsson, but he doesn't expect it to make him miss Formula 1.

Marcus Ericsson insists that though there are “only positives” to take from his Pirelli test, it won’t make him miss Formula 1.

The Swedish driver will take part in a test with Formula 1’s tyre supplier on Tuesday as they look to gather data for next year’s compounds.

It will also be the only scheduled opportunity for the Alfa Romeo ambassador and reserve driver to get behind the wheel of the C38 in 2019.

After spending four seasons with the team then known as Sauber, Ericsson was dropped at the end of 2018 and has since moved on to IndyCar, and despite getting the opportunity to drive Formula 1 machinery again, he doesn’t expect to start feeling as though he is missing out.

“I don’t think so,” he told Motorsport.com when asked if he was worried that the outing would show him what he was missing.

“I’m super happy in IndyCar, I’m really enjoying that experience, and at the same time I’m really happy to still have a connection here in F1. Let’s see what happens in the future.

“But the bottom line is as a racing driver the more you drive in different cars, you can always learn something, you can always pick up things, and I will gain as a racing driver as a whole. I think it’s only positives.

“Obviously my main focus this year is on the IndyCar programme, but I get the chance to help the Alfa team in any way. Obviously it will be a Pirelli test, so it’s more for the tyres, but still if I can give some feedback on how the car feels, and how I feel about the car, that would obviously be helpful for the team as well, to get another input.

“They know my feedback and the way I’ve been working in the past, so I think they’re still going to be interested in my feedback about how the car behaves, and what I think can be improved.”

Ericsson spent the race weekend in Austria with Alfa, and he joked that their first double-points finish had something to do with him.

“It’s good to be back as well and see all the people I know, as I was here for quite a few years,” he explained.

“And of course seeing Alfa do well – they did a good job in qualifying and put both cars in the points for the first time this year. I take a lot of credit for that obviously, me being here!”

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