Sauber F1 Team has confirmed that it has signed Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson for the 2015 Formula 1 season.
Ericsson made his F1 debut at the beginning of the 2014 season, racing for Caterham and matching the team’s best-ever finish of 11th at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
However, he was sidelined for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin when the team entered administration following a turbulent year dogged by financial uncertainty after Tony Fernandes sold the team back in July.
After a difficult few weeks, Ericsson finally has something to smile about after Sauber announced today that he would be joining the team for the 2015 season.
“Fresh from a very turbulent week, I was suddenly given my best early Christmas present ever,” Ericsson said. “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.”
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was also pleased to announce the news in Austin, believing that he has not yet shown his true colors in Formula 1, fighting at the back of the grid with Caterham.
“We are pleased to announce this cooperation,” Kaltenborn said. “We have got to know Marcus as a highly motivated driver. He did not have an easy rookie season this year in Formula 1, 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.”
This news means that both current drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil are at risk of losing their seats for the 2015 season, with reserve driver Giedo van der Garde and Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin also in the running for the one remaining seat at Hinwil.
After a difficult debut campaign with Caterham, Ericsson will be hoping that his move to Sauber will give his F1 career new life and allow him to show his true quality.