Ericsson admits to 2017 contract talks with different teams


Ericsson is in talks with other teams for 2017 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sauber F1 Team driver Marcus Ericsson says he is in talks with several teams including Williams Martini Racing and the Renault Sport F1 team for the 2017 season.

The Swedish driver brings a substantial amount of financial backing from Swedish sponsorship and looks in demand if his current Sauber seat becomes unavailable.

Speaking to Autosport, Ericsson said: “We’re speaking to some different teams, including Sauber, but there’s not that many seats left so let’s see in the coming weeks.

“Nothing decided yet, but hopefully soon I will know what will happen. Aim number one is to stay in F1 and in the best possible car.”

Ericsson has been in talks with Renault, Williams, Sahara Force India and Manor Racing. They are all potential teams for Ericsson but the Swede has ties with the new Sauber owners to keep him at the team.

Of talks with Manor, he replied: “We’ve been speaking a bit with them.

“They were there as well, basically it’s all the teams that are left. Obviously it’s not myself but my management, and I think it’s important to keep communication with all the teams and see what’s happening.

“Now I’m going into my fourth season next year, so I’m really eager to be in a car where I can be a bit more competitive and show what I can do,” he said.

“I feel like I’ve taken steps all the time as a driver and perform on a better level but I haven’t had the chance to really show it yet.

“So I’m really, really eager to be in a package where I can really fight for points on a regular basis. I want to be in a better package soon so that I can really show off performances on track that people can see.

“That said there’s a lot of things happening now in Sauber as well, so it will be interesting to see with all the new personnel which way it goes.”

Both Williams and Force India are yet to announce their full driver line up and with many potential suitors for the seats competition is high.