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Ericsson to remain at Sauber for the 2017 season

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On Monday, the Sauber team has confirmed that Marcus Ericsson will remain at the team for 2017.

The announcement therefore extends Ericsson’s stay at Sauber to a third season. The news was widely expected in the F1 paddock due to his close ties to the team’s new owners, Longbow Finance.

In a statement to the media on Monday, Ericcson is excited to see what Sauber can achieve with its new backers under the new regulations in 2017. Ericsson stated the following:-

‘It is great news that I will be racing for another year for the Sauber F1 Team. 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.’

Also in a statement to the media on Monday, Sauber Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has praised Ericsson for the commitment he has demonstrated in the difficult 2016 season. Kaltenborn said the following:-

‘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.’

The announcement also said Sauber will announce Ericsson’s 2017 teammate “in due course”. Felipe Nasr, who scored two valuable points for the team in Brazil, is yet to be signed for another season with the team.

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Gutierrez in talks with Sauber and Manor

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After being dropped by Haas for Kevin Magnussen in 2017, Esteban Gutierrez revealed in an interview to the media yesterday that he has already began talks with Sauber and Manor for a drive next year.

With the vacant seats at Renault and Force India already taken, the Mexican’s options have now narrowed down to just Manor and Sauber, admitting that the American team’s decision to delay their line-up for next season hurt his chances of securing a seat.

When asked yesterday by the media why he and Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn were seen chatting on Sunday morning, Gutierrez confirmed it was about his future in the sport. He said the following:-

‘You know what the two options are that are available, so we are in talks with them. Nothing is really decided yet but I think in the next week we will see some progress.’

He was then further asked by the media if he was also in talks with Manor for Esteban Ocon’s race seat, Gutierrez answered with the following:- ‘Yes, as well.’

Nasr: Disappointed with my performance today

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In an interview with the media shortly after qualifying for the Singapore GP today, Sauber driver Felipe Nasr was not very happy with ending the session in eighteenth place.

With Nasr struggling to extract pace and performance from the Sauber, his team mate Marcus Ericsson put in a credible performance to qualify sixteenth ahead of his 50th GP start in Formula One.

In his interview with the media this afternoon, Nasr was understandably disappointed with his performance today, even though he was comfortable with the car’s balance beforehand but will not give up in the race tomorrow. Nasr said the following:-

‘It was a disappointing qualifying for me. I was surprised by the drop of performance in qualifying, as I felt comfortable in the car during the free practice sessions. We went in the right direction in regards to the car’s balance. Then in qualifying I struggled with the rear grip on my first try; on the second set of tyres I felt that my tyre temperatures were not in the right working window. Anything can happen here in Singapore, so we keep fighting.’

Ericsson to start his 50th GP in sixteenth place in Singapore

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At his 50th Grand Prix weekend Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson qualified in sixteenth place on the grid for the Singapore GP tomorrow.

In his interview with the media shortly after qualifying today, Ericsson is happy to have reached Q2 ahead of his 50th GP start and is happy with the performance he put in today. Ericsson stated the following:-

‘It is positive that I reached Q2 today. Overall it has been a difficult weekend for me, as I haven’t been able to get a good feeling for the car during the practice sessions. Therefore, it makes it even nicer that we managed to make it into the second qualifying session. It is a good effort, but we need to keep pushing to close the gap to the midfield.’

Ericsson receives a grid penalty ahead of the Belgian GP

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Shortly after FP1, it was announced that Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson has incurred a ten-place grid penalty after the team fitted his car with new power unit components ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ericsson’s Sauber was fitted with its fifth internal combustion engine and fifth energy store of the season ahead of first practice, but a new turbocharger means he has now used six of that component, resulting in a ten-place penalty.

Given Sauber’s recent qualifying performances, it is likely to put Ericsson at the back of the grid, where he could line up alongside Lewis Hamilton, who is also due a grid penalty. After first practice Hamilton had incurred a 15-place penalty, but if Mercedes opts to stockpile components in order to avoid further penalties at future rounds, the amount of places he drops down the grid could increase.

Sauber confirms sale to Swiss Investors

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It was announced on Wednesday that the Sauber team has secured its future in Formula One by confirming its sale to Swiss investors, which will keep the team on the grid following recent financial troubles.

There have been months of speculation about new investors coming on board at Sauber, with the team confirming on Wednesday that Longbow Finance S.A has taken over. The deal will have no bearing on the company or the team’s name, though it does result in founder Peter Sauber retiring from all functions.

Monisha Kaltenborn will stay on as team principal and CEO while Sauber’s place on the board as chairman is taken by Longbow Finance’s Pascal Picci.

In a statement to the media on Wednesday, Peter Sauber, who originally formed the team in 1993, said the following:-

‘Monisha Kaltenborn and I yesterday signed an agreement which secures the future of the Formula One Team and the Sauber Group. I am very happy that my courageous investment to buy the team back, which I made six years ago, with the intention to secure the base in Hinwil and the place in Formula One has proved to be correct.’

Sauber’s financial struggles have been no secret in recent months, with the team making late payments to its employees earlier this season. In her own statement to the media on Wednesday, Team boss Kaltenborn hopes Wednesday’s announcement is the catalyst for a return to form for the Swiss team. Kaltenborn said the following:-

‘We are very pleased that by reaching an agreement with Longbow Finance S.A., we can secure the future of Sauber at the pinnacle of motorsport. We are convinced that Longbow Finance S.A. is the perfect partner to again make the team competitive and successful in Formula One.

‘At the same time the new structure will allow us to finally further expand our third party business in which we commercialise our know-how. This solution is in the best interest of our employees, partners, loyal suppliers, the base in Hinwil and for the Swiss motorsport. We are very grateful that Longbow Finance S.A. believes in the competences, efficiency and capabilities of Sauber Group, and we look forward to a new exciting future.’

Sauber cancels Silverstone test

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It was announced this morning by the Sauber team has decided not to take part in the upcoming Silverstone Formula 1 test next week.

Sauber have been struggling financially has not introduced any significant upgrades for its C35 car since the start of the season. The team was hoping to run an upgrades package between Canada and Britain, but that did not happen.

Now Sauber has announced that since its new aero package will not be ready in time for Silverstone, it will not take part in the post-British Grand Prix test that takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

In a statement on Twitter, the team announced the news as follows:-

“As we introduce the #C35 aero package at a later stage, testing in Silverstone is cancelled considering cost effectiveness,”

Sauber had already missed the previous in-season test at Barcelona. At the moment, Sauber is last in the standings, having yet to score a point.