Schmidt Peterson Motorsports general manager Taylor Kiel was impressed with Marcus Ericsson as the Swede tested his new No.7 Honda for the very first time at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday.
Ericsson joins James Hinchcliffe for the 2019 IndyCar Series and speaking following the test Kiel said:
I’m totally impressed with his outlook on this test. “It’s difficult for a driver to come into a test and not be focused on the lap times, right? Just to get in the car, understand it, really take the time to understand the nuances: how you come into pit lane, what you do when you’re in pit lane, and what you do when you leave pit lane — all of the things we’re going to ask him to do on track. He’s responded very quickly to that.
Ericsson was immediately impressed as he watched the three Team Penske drivers on track as it was the first time he had seen an IndyCar in the flesh.
Following four seasons in Formula One with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Ericsson is fully focused on IndyCar and is excited following his first day in the car.
I’d never seen these cars live before. “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. To be here today and also have Penske here is a perfect spot for me.
Driving the IndyCar machine for the first time has reignited Ericsson’s passion for racing.
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.
The IndyCar is a completely different animal compared to the Formula One car that Ericsson has be used to and speaking following his run in the No.7 Honda he said:
“I feel like I definitely have stuff that I can bring from my F1 experience to help us as a team to move forward, but I also think the team is really at a high level. “I’ve been impressed with the way they work and the preparation they do before a test with all the prep on the setup side. That’s been quite impressive.”
Taylor Kiel has confirmed that Marcus Ericsson will be back in action when testing resumes in January following the Christmas break. The 2019 IndyCar Series season kicks off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place from March 8 – 10. For ticket info visit – http://www.gpstpete.com/