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.