A year ago, Marcus Ericsson's motorsport future was uncertain. He had been told he'd been edged out of the Sauber Formula 1 team by Kimi Raikkonen and the consolation prize of a reserve role for 2019 was not enough. He therefore turned his attention to the USA.
At the end of October, he was announced as a driver for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar team. It was a fresh start for Ericsson as he joined one of the US championship's biggest teams outside its leading three - Chip Ganassi Racing, Penske and Andretti Autosport.
But SPM's first season without Robert Wickens, who suffered serious injuries at Pocono last August, was a difficult one and it often failed to run the big teams close. Ericsson also had to adapt to a first season running on ovals, as well as the other intricacies of IndyCar racing. A breakthrough did not come until he took a podium finish in a chaotic Detroit finale when he admitted afterwards that he hadn't expected such a steep learning curve.