Point-less in 2017, Marcus Ericsson believes Alfa Romeo Sauber will take a “big step” forward next season.
Last week Sauber confirmed that the Swede would remain with the team for a fourth successive season despite failing to score a single point in 2017.
Ericsson, who beat Antonio Giovinazzi to the second Sauber seat, will partner rookie driver Charles Leclerc in what will be a new era for Sauber.
The team has confirmed Alfa Romeo as their main partner for next year’s championship, a season in which the team will race the latest Ferrari engines.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the team on the new partnership with Alfa Romeo,” said Ericsson.
“It is a great honour for me to be driving for this team in 2018, and I am excited and proud to be part of this promising journey.
“I am confident that I can add to the knowledge and experience of the team.
“This winter is going to be very busy, and it will be important to push the development of the car in order to have a good start to the season.
“I am optimistic, that 2018 can be a big step and a good chance for us to move up in the field.”