Ericsson thanks Ricciardo for underrated inclusion

Date published: April 16 2020

Marcus Ericsson has thanked Daniel Ricciardo for including him in his top five underrated drivers he has raced against in Formula 1.

An opening diary entry from the Aussie on social media has sparked plenty of talking points after he took a trip down memory lane to reflect on his Formula 1 career so far.

His first topic of discussion was a list of drivers he felt did not get the credit or just a lack of realisation of how good certain drivers are in general.

Ricciardo felt that Jenson Button was underrated, even as a World Champion, because his 2011 season where he beat Lewis Hamilton “fair and square” has gone under the radar, according to him.

Also on the list was a former team-mate in Tonio Luizzi, plus Roberto Merhi, and the late Jules Bianchi who was sadly never able to reach his full potential, and also Ericsson who spent five seasons in Formula 1 but only able to score a total of 18 points.

“Marcus was always properly quick as we were coming through [the ranks],” Ricciardo said.

“As a junior, Marcus was very highly rated and I felt like that reputation didn’t really last when he was in Formula 1. The speed, though that was definitely there…I felt that he was probably a bit underrated.”

Ericsson, who now races in IndyCar, appreciated the praise from the Renault driver.

“Thanks for the kind words, Daniel,” Ericsson replied.

“Still remember my F3 years very well, some of the best and most fun years of my career.

“Motorsport (and F1 in particular) is a very complex sport. So many good drivers out there in the racing world.”

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