The Sauber F1 team has confirmed that it will run with an all new line-up in 2015.
Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will pilot the Saubers next year, with both bringing substantial backing from sponsors. Ericsson was confirmed first at last weekend’s US Grand Prix in Austin while the Swiss team confirmed his team-mate last night ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“We are pleased to announce this co-operation,” Sauber’s Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said of the Ericsson announcement. “We have got to know Marcus as a highly motivated driver. He did not have an easy rookie season this year in Formula One, however, he kept calm and improved continuously, mainly in the last races. We are convinced that signing Marcus can give the team a fresh impetus.” Ericsson’s signing came off the back of him missing the racing in Austin due to Caterham – his current team – going into administration. He will also be absent from the grid in Brazil. “Fresh from a very turbulent week, I was suddenly given my best early Christmas present ever,” the Swede said. “The Sauber F1 Team has put its trust in me for 2015, and it makes me proud, as Sauber is known to be one of the best teams in developing young drivers. It will be a great challenge. I will give my very best to develop both as a driver, and to be part of the challenge to put the Sauber F1 Team back closer to the front where it belongs.”
Ericcson will be partnered by current GP2 driver Nasr, who brings with him his sponsor Banco de Brasil. The Brazilian driver is currently second in the GP2 championship and has appeared in some FP1 sessions this year as a test driver for Williams. “It is a very important step in my career to sign with the Sauber F1 Team for the 2015 Formula One World Championship,” he said. “This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me – my family, my friends, my sponsors, my teams and my country. Today the dream has come true.”
“Sauber was responsible for the arrival in F1 of great names such as Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel,” Nasr continued. “I am proud now to also be part of this racing family. I had a wonderful year at Williams Martini, where I learned a lot and prepared myself to be a race driver in Formula One.” Kalternborn was equally as enthusiastic about the partnership. “We have been following Felipe’s career path for some time now,” she revealed. “He fully deserves his position in Formula One having had a very successful career in junior categories. We are happy that he will be driving for our team next year. This means that Brazil will have one more young and talented driver in the sport. Banco de Brasil has been an important partner for Felipe so far, and we are delighted that such a renowned company is continuing to support him during this important step. We look forward to this partnership.”