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.