After a productive two weeks of winter testing in Barcelona, reports indicate that no one is entirely sure if Marcus Ericsson attended the events, or if he in fact even exists at all. Teams and drivers up and down the paddock were questioned on the matter, but no definitive conclusion was reached.
“I know they have to have at least two drivers, right?” said Carlos Sainz of the matter. “I mean, there’s the new French kid, and I’m drawing a blank on the other. It’s not Kovalainen, is it?”
After putting in some impressive times, reporters asked the Ferrari driver duo if they had any information regarding their sister team’s driver line-up. Kimi declined to comment, saying he didn’t “know anyone named Mark,” with Vettel adding, “Oh yeah, I think I once signed a hat for him,” when shown a picture of Ericsson.
The perennially upbeat Daniel Riccardo, however, expressed excitement at the mention of Ericsson. “It’ll be great to have him back on the grid. Hopefully he won’t have too much rust after missing the last couple of seasons,” said Ricciardo, apparently unaware that Marcus had competed in every season of Formula One since 2014.
Ericsson’s Alfa Romeo Sauber teammate, Charles Leclerc, was more informed about the situation, however. “Oh yeah, Matthew Richardson is a great competitor. He’s a bit before my time, but I hope to one day achieve what he’s been able to achieve. So many achievements.” Alfa Romeo Sauber Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur dodged questions regarding Ericsson, saying he’d “have to look into the situation,” further asking, “Can you please spell that name?”
We reached out to Marcus himself for comment, and received a terse response, simply stating, “I exist.”image:Photo via Instagram