Marcus Ericsson will return to the Formula 1 grid in 2015 after Sauber confirmed his signing.
The Swede made his F1 debut with Caterham this year, but he is currently being forced to watch the action from the sidelines after the Leafield-based squad were forced to go into administration.
However, Ericsson has secured his race seat for next year with Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn confident he will give the team “fresh impetus”.
“We have got to know Marcus as a highly motivated driver,” she said. “He did not have an easy rookie season this year in Formula 1, however, he kept calm and improved continuously, mainly in the last races.
“We are convinced that signing Marcus can give the team a fresh impetus.”
Naturally the 24-year-old Ericsson is delighted that he has already secured his future.
“Fresh from a very turbulent week, I was suddenly given my best early Christmas present ever,” he said. “The Sauber F1 Team has put its trust in me for 2015, and it makes me proud, as Sauber is known to be one of the best teams in developing young drivers.
“It will be a great challenge. I will give my very best to develop both as a driver, and to be part of the challenge to put the Sauber F1 Team back closer to the front where it belongs.”