Ericsson remains with Sauber for 2017


Marcus Ericsson will spend a third season at Sauber after being confirmed as one of the team’s 2017 drivers.

This season has been a trying one for Sauber and its Swedish driver as he has yet to score a single World Championship point.

The team’s finances, or lack thereof, at the start of this season resulted in Sauber being sold to Longbow Finance.

With an “exciting” future ahead, the Swiss team has confirmed that Ericsson will stay on for a third season with his team-mate to be named in due course.

“It is great news that I will be racing for another year for the Sauber F1 Team,” he said. “I have spent two years with Sauber now, and I really feel at home.

“A big thanks to everyone within the team for trusting in me again.

“From a personal point of view, I have developed a lot as a driver during my time at Sauber. We have had ups and downs, but we always stick together and work as hard as we can.

“Since the new ownership, there has been a positive push in the team, so it will also be exciting to go into this new era. Many motorsport experts are becoming part of Sauber, which is a good sign for the future.

“For 2017 my aim is to build on my performance from the second half of this season, and to continue working hard with the team. I cannot wait for the 2017 season, so that we can make our way up to the midfield with the objective to score points on a regular basis.”

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn added: “We are very pleased to announce that Marcus will remain our race driver for the Sauber F1 Team in 2017.

“During the current season Marcus has again showed he is willing to go that extra mile in order to make progress. He went through very difficult times with us, but managed those very well.

“In the last two years, he has made significant steps in regards to his personal development, proving his skills on as well as off track, especially when circumstances are not easy.

“He is not only a good driver, but also an important team player who understands how to work with the team and how to motivate everyone with his positive attitude.

“Formula One goes into a new era in 2017, and I am confident that we can count on Marcus to bring the team back into the competition.”