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'Difficult' diet gave Marcus Ericsson 2018 boost

Marcus Ericsson says that losing weight over the winter helped him end his Formula 1 points drought.

Marcus Ericsson has said that losing weight over the winter helped him end his Formula 1 points drought.

Bahrain was the Swede's 78th grand prix, but it also almost marked the 50th race in a row in which Ericsson failed to score points.

Told by Blick newspaper that he had ended the nightmare run just in time, 27-year-old Ericsson said: "Exactly."

Ericsson told Finland's Ilta Sanomat newspaper that his performance boost came after he lost weight over the winter.

"I dropped five kilograms," he revealed.

"It meant no carbs, no desserts, no alcohol. It was difficult, but it was worth it and has made a big difference. 10kg less is 3-4 tenths per lap."

Sauber's result that means the Swiss team is now placed eighth in the championship, ahead of both Force India and dead-last Williams.


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