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Marcus Ericsson Set for Formula 1 Return; Conor Daly Filling in at Portland

Marcus Ericsson will not compete at Portland this weekend with the NTT IndyCar Series. Instead, he’ll be in Belgium with Formula 1 for the Belgium Grand Prix.

Per RACER, Ericsson will drive the Alfa Romeo entry this weekend at Spa, making his first F1 start since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2018. Conor Daly will take over for Ericsson in the NTT IndyCar Series on Sunday in the semifinal round of the 2019 season.

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Ericsson has 97 starts in Formula 1 with a career-best finish of eighth in the 2015 Melbourne Grand Prix. He has made a splash in the IndyCar Series in his rookie season with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ No. 7 Honda with a second-place finish in race No. 2 at Belle Isle. He also has two seventh-place finishes (Barber and Texas). He currently sits 17th in the IndyCar standings, 311 points behind leader Josef Newgarden.

In 48 IndyCar starts, Daly has one career podium finish in Belle Isle in 2015. Daly competed with Andretti Autosport in this year’s Indianapolis 500, where he earned a 10th-place finish. Following that race, he has driven four races with Carlin Racing and earned a sixth-place finish last weekend at Gateway. He’ll run this weekend for Arrow SPM but, as previously announced, Daly will run with Andretti Autosport at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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It is not yet known if Ericsson will miss the IndyCar season finale at Laguna Seca on Sunday, Sept. 22, which is the same weekend as the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

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    There are two Alfa Romeo entries….which one?

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      Kimi has supposedly injured his leg. Won’t know until FP1 whether he will be able to drive or not.