Sauber driver Eric­s­son’s brother in F4 test

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The younger brother of Sauber For­mula 1 driver Mar­cus Eric­s­son tested a British F4 car for the first time be­fore Christ­mas with Fortec Mo­tor­sport, and could com­pete in the TOCA sup­port se­ries this year.

Ham­pus Eric­s­son, 14, tested with the team at Va­len­cia for two days. The Eric­s­son fam­ily has strong con­nec­tions to Fortec with Mar­cus win­ning the For­mula BMW ti­tle in 2007 with the squad, as well as racing in British F3 the fol­low­ing year.

The younger Eric­s­son has com­peted in sev­eral kart­ing cat­e­gories, com­ing se­cond in the Swedish KF Ju­nior se­ries this year, but had not driven a car un­til the Span­ish test.

“He went re­ally well, it was his first ever time test­ing a car so he was in at the deep end,” said Fortec team man­ager Dan Mitchell. “There were a lot of other cars out there so he had to get used to things like clutch con­trol as well as manag­ing the traf­fic.

“He did a re­ally good job – he was a lit­tle tired by the end of the day but that’s per­fectly nor­mal. He’s a good kid, very pro­fes­sional and you couldn’t fault him.”

Mitchell added that the Swede could po­ten­tially com­pete with the team in F4 this year, with his 15th birth­day fall­ing be­fore the start of the sea­son.

Fortec has tested a num­ber of other drivers too, in­clud­ing British kart­ing cham­pi­ons Oliver York and Mark Kim­ber.

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