Although Marcus Ericsson was the most likely driver to stay on at Sauber next season given his sponsorship, the Swede says he wouldn’t mind taking the open Force India seat.
Ericsson was expected to stay at Sauber for a third year running with his main sponsors reportedly having close ties to new owners, Longbow Finance.
But while he admits that remaining with Sauber is his “most likely” option, the 26-year-old wouldn’t mind stepping up to the more competitive Force India squad.
“It does open up another possibility with Force India. It’s a good seat,” Ericsson told Autosport.
“I still think it’s most likely I’ll stay with Sauber, but like I’ve said, I want to be in the best team possible, and Force India seem to be really strong at the moment.
“It’s a great midfield car, and that’s what I need for next year.
“We are looking at it. It would be stupid not to because we haven’t signed a contract for next year, and now with the Force India seat opened up, we need to see what possibilities are there.”