Ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Sauber F1 Team have announced that Marcus Ericsson will remain with the team in 2017.
The Swede will go into his third season for the Swiss team, currently he has failed to score any points during the 2016 Formula 1 season; but he has come close after reaching twelfth three times. This was before his impressive run at the Mexican Grand Prix where he finished in eleventh.
The second driver will be announced in due course, with it looking like they will retain Felipe Nasr. During his time at Sauber, Ericsson has developed a lot as a driver and believes it will be exciting to go into the new era with Sauber.
“It is great news that I will be racing for another year for the Sauber F1 Team,” said Ericsson. “I have spent two years with Sauber now, and I really feel at home.
“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.”
Ericsson is excited for his third year with Sauber, where he hopes the team can make their way up to the midfield.
“For 2017 my aim is to build on my performance from the second half of this season,” added Ericsson. “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 principal, Monisha Kaltenborn is pleased that Ericsson will remain with them in 2017. After going through some difficult times with the team, Kaltenborn is confident that they can count on him.
“We are very pleased to announce that Marcus will remain our race driver for the Sauber F1 Team in 2017,” said Kaltenborn.
“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. I am confident that we can count on Marcus to bring the team back into the competition.”