K just before the season finale in Abu Dhabi is filling up the Formula 1 driver field continues for the 2017 season. That Marcus Ericsson will drive another year at Sauber is not a big surprise. Finally, among the new owners of the team is the same group of investors that had promoted the Swedish driver in recent years.
It was all the more astonishing that Ericsson himself has repeatedly participated in public over the past few months had thought about moving to another team. But now one thing is certain: the 26-year-old is already going into his third season with Sauber in 2017.
Sauber and Ericsson are hoping for an upswing in 2017
“Another year is approaching with the Sauber F1 Team is very good news for me. I've been with Sauber for 2 years now and I really feel at home here. A big thank you for the fact that the team continues to place their trust in me, ”said the pilot after the contract extension.
After a difficult 2016 season in which Ericsson was not yet able to collect a championship point, he is hoping for one Upward trend in the future: “With the new owner, the whole team received a powerful boost that will lead us all into a new, exciting era. Many motorsport specialists come to the team, which is a good sign for the future. For the next season, my goal is to build on my performance from the second half of 2016 and continue the hard work with the team. So that we can establish ourselves in the midfield and score points. I can hardly wait for the start of the new season. '
The team management is also optimistic about the coming year:' Marcus had a very difficult time with us and mastered it very well. In the past two years he has improved significantly - both in terms of his personality development and his skills on and off the track - especially when the circumstances are not easy. Not only is he a good racing driver, but also an important team player who, with his positive attitude, understands how to work with a team and to motivate everyone. Formula 1 is entering a new era in 2017 and I am convinced that we can rely on Marcus to bring the team back into midfield, ”says team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.
Three drivers are hoping for a second clean Cockpit
The question of who is next to the second cockpitEricsson would not answer yet. If you believe rumors from Brazil, then the sponsors of Felipe Nasr are no longer willing to pay millions for the place on the Sauber. That could open the door for Pascal Wehrlein or Esteban Gutierrez. Sauber did not want to reveal when the decision would be made: “The second regular driver will be announced in due course,” they say.