Marcus Ericsson will remain in Formula 1 for the 2015 season after being confirmed to be one of the Sauber F1 Team’s drivers for next year.
The Swede, who had been racing for the Caterham F1 Team in 2014 up until the time the team went into administration, will be looking to build on his displays this season with his new employees.
“Fresh from a very turbulent week, I was suddenly given my best early Christmas present ever,” said Ericsson on the announcement of the news. “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.”
Ericsson had struggled at times with the difficult Caterham in 2014, but was beginning to put some better performances together, with strong races in Singapore, Japan and Russia, and Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn was happy to sign the Swede for 2015.
“We are pleased to announce this cooperation,” insisted Kaltenborn. “We have got to know Marcus as a highly motivated driver. He did not have an easy rookie season this year in Formula One, 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.”
The team will announce the second driver at a later date, but it means that at least one of Adrian Sutil or Esteban Gutierrez will leave the team at the conclusion of this season.