It has been revealed that Marcus Ericsson will at Sauber for 2017, his third consecutive season at the team following a year at Caterham.
The Swede, who controversially replaced Guido van der Garde and Adrian Sutil, has been at Sauber during one of its most difficult periods, struggling with a lack of money at the back of the field. A buyout by Longbow Capital has put the team back on the map, with links to Ericsson’s backers, making the appointment unsurprising.
Points at the last race in Brazil elevated the team above Manor in the Constructor’s Championship, leaving them 10th with ambitions for better next year after employing a new technical team.
“It is great news that I will be racing for another year for the Sauber F1 Team,” Ericsson said. “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.”