Eric­s­son sticks with Sauber for 2017

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MAR­CUS Eric­s­son will be driv­ing for Sauber for a third sea­son in 2017, the For­mula One team an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The Swede, who joined the team af­ter a rookie 2014 sea­son with Cater­ham, was praised by Sauber boss Mon­isha Kal­tenborn for “go­ing that ex­tra mile” in what has been a tough 2016 sea­son for the Swiss­based out­fit.

She said, “He went through very dif­fi­cult times with us, but man­aged those very well.

“In the last two years, he has made sig­nif­i­cant steps in re­gards to his per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, prov­ing his skills on- as well as off-track, es­pe­cially when cir­cum­stances are not easy.

“He is not only a good driver, but also an im­por­tant team player who un­der­stands how to work with the team and how to mo­ti­vate ev­ery­one with his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.”

Eric­s­son will have to wait to find out the iden­tity of his team­mate for next year with talks over 2017 on­go­ing with cur­rent Sauber driver Felipe Nasr.

“That will be an­nounced in due course,” they said.

Eric­s­son de­scribed his new deal as “great news”, say­ing, “I re­ally feel at home” with the team.

“We have had ups and downs, but we al­ways stick to­gether and work as hard as we can,” said the driver who is point­less go­ing into the sea­son finale in Abu Dhabi on Sun­day.

Only two other F1 seats – both at Manor – re­main open for 2017. –

Photo: EPA

Mar­cus Eric­s­son of Sauber F1 Team com­petes in the United States For­mula One Grand Prix 2016 at the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas, in Austin, Texas on Oc­to­ber 23. He fin­ished 14th.

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