Ericsson, who has raced for Sauber over the past 4 seasons of his F1 profession, did solely two days of testing at IndyCar. Till now, each at Sebring, however says that he learns at each flip of the # 7 Arrow SPM-Honda.
He informed Motorsport.com: "My second take a look at was excellent and I relied on the expertise gained in December. It was primarily about going by means of totally different configurations, attempting a variety of various things earlier than going to St. Pete.
"I attempt to create a reference on what every change brings to the automobile and its steadiness of therapy. That is the essential concept: for me, to have a reference within the head and for the staff, to know the way I react to adjustments in configuration, and what I have a tendency to love and never love. We went by means of a variety of various things.
"And naturally, there may be driving, the fundamentals. At every flip, I study extra about an IndyCar as a result of it isn’t a simple automobile to study. It's arduous to grasp and use it in one of the simplest ways potential.
"However within the final hour and a half, I used to be actually beginning to get into the rhythm, and we had an excellent finish of the take a look at.
Ericsson echoed Hinchcliffe's sentiments concerning their astonishingly related returns and thinks that this will likely be an awesome assist to the staff as it would entice Arrow Schmidt Peterson to develop into the most effective. IndyCar Groups.
"I believe it's an excellent shock that we each make related returns and that what we count on from the automobile could be very related," stated Ericsson. "It's at all times one thing that preoccupies you earlier than you develop into a teammate, as a result of it's at all times an enormous assist for the drivers and the staff normally when you push in the identical route."
"That's nice that we begin the season as a result of the exercises are very brief.We are able to attempt various things and if James finds one thing that works for him, I do know it would in all probability work for me and the identical factor in it. This may velocity up the method of making good configurations. "
Ericsson, who scored the primary of his three System 2 wins (then known as GP2) in his rookie marketing campaign, stated he wished to emulate that feat in IndyCar.
"The objective is unquestionably to win a race, that should be," he remarked, "I’ve an awesome respect for the perfect guys on this sequence who’ve been right here since and who’ve expertise in racing on the sort of tracks with the sort of automobile. I do know will probably be an enormous problem for me.
"However I’ve an awesome staff behind me and with Arrow that reinforces their involvement, it would assist the staff to take a brand new step, so I actually really feel that we now we have this chance to win.
"Anyway, I believe we should at all times purpose excessive to realize one thing and I set this private objective: win a race this yr and beat me so far as potential within the entrance.It’s a tough however achievable objective, I believe. "