Marcus Ericsson will start another year for the clean-up team in formula 1. As the Swiss announced on Monday morning, Sweden would have agreed with Hinwil’s troops to extend the contract by the end of 2017.
The second regular driver would be announced at a later date, according to a press release. The message comes not surprisingly, as Ericsson is supposed to be close to the new cleaner owner Longbow.
He is very satisfied with the deal: I really feel at home. From a personal point of view, I have been able to develop enormously as a driver at Sauber in the past time,”says Ericsson.”I’m a very good driver. We had ups and downs, but we always stuck together and worked as hard as we could. With the new owner, the whole team got a strong push, which put us all in a new, Ericsson cites new staff as an important reason.
In connection with commitments such as the Jurg Zanders as chief of technology, he speaks of a “good sign for the future” and expressly takes the top ten into consideration: “For the next season it is my goal, build on my performance from the second half of 2016 and continue the hard work with the team, so that we can establish ourselves in the middle field and score points.”
Cockpit for Nasr still uncertain
Team leader Monisha Kaltenborn also welcomes the extension of the contract:”He has experienced a very difficult time with us and mastered this very well. Over the past two years, he has improved significantly. He is not only a good racing driver, but also a team player with a positive attitude and motivating colleague.
Da Ericsson, who was previously in talks with the Renault workforce and openly buys a seat at Force India, regardless of his possible Longbow connections, is free of some financial worries. Not all of them, which is why team colleague Felipe Nasr, despite his furious performance in Brazil with the first World Cup points 2016, has to wait for a new contract. His sponsor Banco do Brasil is supposed to test his formula-1 commitment.
Since 2014 in formula 1 at the time
Ergo is speculated as new Ericsson teammates via several paydrivers. Among them, former clean pilot and retired Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez, who met Kaltenborn in Sao Paulo for a shared breakfast and has a Mexican sponsor. Rio Haryanto, which has recently received support from Thailand, and the British Jordan King (both currently part of the Manor team), are also being linked to the Swiss.
26-year-old Marcus Ericsson debuted at Caterham in Formula One two years ago and switched 2014 to Clean. In his previous career in the royal class he went to the points five times. In the junior section he had recommended himself as a champion of the Japanese formula 3 as well as a three-time runner in the GP2.