Marcus Ericsson has admitted he had “a few nervous weeks” before he was re-signed by Sauber for 2018.

The Swede was out-scored this year by his teammate Pascal Wehrlein, who has been ousted and looks set to leave F1.

Ericsson admits that Wehrlein, the highly-rated young Mercedes driver, was “the perfect measure” for him in 2017.

However, it is believed 26-year-old Ericsson’s strong links with the new Sauber ownership were enough to secure his place for next season.

“I had a few nervous weeks but of course it’s nice that everything is ready now, especially with Alfa Romeo as a major sponsor and partner,” he told the Swedish motoring magazine Teknikens Varld.

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