Ericsson in talks with several teams regarding 2017 seat

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson has been talking with several Formula 1 teams, including Renault and Williams about a possible 2017 seat.

The Swede’s current contract with Sauber runs out at the end of this season, however is said to have ties with the team’s new owners.

However, he has also reported that he is looking further afield as well.

“We’re speaking to some different teams, including Sauber, but there’s not that many seats left so let’s see in the coming weeks,” he spoke.

Nothing decided yet, but hopefully soon I will know what will happen.

“Aim number one is to stay in F1 and in the best possible car.

He was asked if he was in talks with Williams, Renault and Force India, and he replied “Yes” to each.

Regarding Manor, he replied: “We’ve been speaking a bit with them.

“They were there as well, basically it’s all the teams that are left.

“Obviously it’s not myself but my management, and I think it’s important to keep communication with all the teams and see what’s happening.

The Swede is currently in his third season in F1, and is keen to expand his career and drive a car that can really show his potential.

Now I’m going into my fourth season next year, so I’m really eager to be in a car where I can be a bit more competitive and show what I can do,” he said.

I feel like I’ve taken steps all the time as a driver and perform on a better level but I haven’t had the chance to really show it yet.

“So I’m really, really eager to be in a package where I can really fight for points on a regular basis.

“I want to be in a better package soon so that I can really show off performances on track that people can see.

“That said there’s a lot of things happening now in Sauber as well, so it will be interesting to see with all the new personnel which way it goes.

When asked if Williams would be his ideal team, based on remaining seats, he replied “Yes”.

However, Williams  are out of the picture now, since they recently signed youngster Lance Stroll for 2017, and still have current driver Valtteri Bottas under contract.

As well as this, Force India is looking likely to keep both current drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez for next season.

With an overhaul of the technical regulations for 2017, Ericsson reported that this does make it trickier when deciding the team that will be stronger in 2017.

You don’t know,” he reported.

It’s a big unknown and you never know what’s going to happen or who will be strong and who will not.

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