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.