Confirmation of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi as Sauber’s 2019 race line-up on Tuesday left a question mark hanging over Marcus Ericsson’s F1 future. That question has been very swiftly answered, however, with news that he is to become third driver and a brand ambassador for the team next year.
Ericsson has spent five seasons on the Formula 1 grid, the last four of them with Sauber, following his 2014 debut campaign with Caterham. The Swede has scored 15 points to date, with a best finish of eighth at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.
“I am thankful for the past five years of my career which I have spent racing in Formula 1,” said Ericsson, after confirmation that he had lost his Sauber race seat to the returning Raikkonen. “I am proud to have represented Sauber for four of those years, and for having raced for such an iconic brand as Alfa Romeo this season.
“I would have loved to continue on this path, but having a driver like Kimi Raikkonen on board is a great opportunity for the whole team. Going forward, I will continue contributing to the development of the team as I have always done, with full dedication and all of my support.”