Sauber has confirmed that Marcus Ericsson will be one of the team’s race drivers in 2015, as predicted here yesterday.
The team says that the second driver will be announced at a later date, which is an unusual turn of phrase given that Adrian Sutil is understood to have a firm two-year contract.
Meanwhile Giedo van der Garde remains confident about his future plans and has made it clear that he hopes to be a Sauber race driver next year. If that turns out to be the case then presumably the team will have to pay Sutil appropriate compensation.
Regarding Ericsson team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: “We are pleased to announce this cooperation. 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.”
“Fresh from a very turbulent week, I was suddenly given my best early Christmas present ever,” said Ericsson. “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.”