Ericsson could leave Sauber for 2018

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson might not be driving for the Swiss team in 2018, after Team Boss Frederic Vasseur has stated that Pascal Wehrlein is still in the running for a seat next season.

Earlier this year, it seemed as if Wehrlein was resigned to losing his seat for 2018, as Sauber looks to promote a youngster, most likely Charles Leclerc.

However, it now seems as if Ericsson could lose his seat, despite his strong links to the team’s owners.

It would be a mistake to build a team around a driver just because he has a connection to the owners,” Vasseur said.

Rebuilding Sauber will require patience, while drivers normally want results in the next race.

“So if he wants to sit in a podium car next year, he will have a problem with Sauber. We will talk with the owners about what is best for Marcus and the team.”

When asked if this meant that Wehrlein was still in consideration for a seat in 2018, Vasseur replied; “Of course he has a chance.

Pascal knows our situation, and I know his skills because we worked together in the DTM.

“If you want to rebuild a team, you need not only fast drivers, but those who are willing to work with the team and push it in the right direction,” the Frenchman added.

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