Report: Ericsson in talks with Caterham over 2015 seat

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Caterham team principal Manfredi Ravetto has told British publication Autosport that the door is open for Marcus Ericsson to remain with the backmarkers for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Ericsson made his debut at the beginning of 2014 in Australia, and matched the Caterham’s best ever result of 11th place at the Monaco Grand Prix, narrowly missing out on the team’s first ever point.

However, his position has come under scrutiny from the F1 paddock in recent weeks after he was outpaced by Andre Lotterer and Roberto Merhi in Belgium and Italy respectively. Both had never driven the CT-05 before their first practice session, yet they went faster than Ericsson who has more than half a season of racing under his belt with the car.

Ravetto is pleased with how the young Swede has fared in 2014 though, and suggested that he will get another year at Caterham if all things go to plan.

“I saw a strong Ericsson in Singapore who did the best race of his season,” Ravetto said. “He superbly managed to keep both Marussias behind him and did a really fantastic race on a very difficult track.

“We are really very happy with the progress he made and our doors are open for him for next year. We have started talking to his management and to his financial backers because this year the team invested in his rookie development.

“Next year we would be delighted in having him again in our car and taking the fruits of this investment, rather than seeing him deliver for somebody else.”

The big question at Caterham is whether the team will still be around in 2015 following its sale by Tony Fernandes in July. There have been a number of staff changes at Leafield, with a group of ex-employees now taking legal action, and the recent driver changes have also raised some concerns about its long-term future.

If the team is on the grid next year though, it looks likely that Ericsson could be set for a second season in Formula 1.