Announced as one of two Sauber drivers for 2015 at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Marcus Ericsson has now done the other bit of business aligned with that.
He’s officially cut the ties with Caterham, the team he raced with the opening 16 Grands Prix of the season.
In a statement posted on his website and to social media channels, Ericsson wrote:
“Following recent events re Caterham Sports Limited and 1 MRT Sdn Bhd, my adviser Eje Elgh and I have decided to terminate, with immediate effect, all agreements connecting me to the Caterham F1 team. This is a sad day as we have greatly enjoyed working with the team through a difficult and tough season.
“I wish to thank Colin Kolles, Manfredi Ravetto, Cyril Abiteboul and every other member of the Caterham F1 team for your trust and confidence in me, and for making my first Formula 1 season an educational and unforgettable experience. In addition, I thank my good friend and teammate Kamui Kobayashi for being an inspiring benchmark throughout the year, and hope to see him back on the track soon.”
Ericsson has recorded Caterham’s best finish this season and of the team’s tenure in F1, with 11th at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix. It was overshadowed as Jules Bianchi ended ninth to deliver Marussia its first two points in F1.
If Caterham’s crowd funding plan succeeds to get the team to Abu Dhabi, it would mean the team would need another driver to replace him. Roberto Merhi has run in multiple free practice one sessions and would be a likely candidate.