Sauber F1 Driver Marcus Ericsson hasn’t offered up the most impressive performances in the premier Motorsport – but his decision to put the blame on Sauber may come back to bite him.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That’s precisely where Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson finds himself. The Swedish racer hasn’t had the best time in Formula One – arguably keeping his seat only due to whatever ties he has with the team’s financial backer – and is now set to be out of a contract come 2018.
During the annual lull, it’s understandable why one might find themselves paranoid over their future fortunes – the mind tends to drift as it often does. But Ericsson’s recent comments may be poised to cause more trouble than they were worth. Ericsson spoke on the matter, saying:
“It’s difficult to show what I can do when I’ve been in one of the slowest cars, sort of all throughout my F1 career. It’s difficult to show your potential, to impress the bigger teams with your abilities.”
Ericsson did go on to play down the severity of his statement, saying that his time in Sauber has been excellent and the standard hubbub that is typically tacked-on to prepared media statements – but the most interesting facet of the entire exchange could be that Sauber hasn’t got any cares left for Ericsson. The team has already done some significant restricting through the severing of ties with former team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, and if the rumours are true we’ll like see Sauber on its merry way to become a proper Ferrari feeder team.
Pascal Wehrlein holds the rank for bringing home all of Sauber’s five championship points in 2017. And this is where things get a little tricky. It’s absolutely the case that Sauber are currently fielding one of the slowest cars out on the grid – but it’s equally the case that young Marcus has done little to show he’s capable of pushing the package he’s got to its maximum potential a la Wehrlein.
As it stands, Ericsson is on his way out, and there’s unlikely to be any amount of grovelling or name-shaming that will grant him any favours of retaining his seat. There will be driver movement in the upcoming market, sure – he just won’t be making the rounds.
A sad day, perhaps. Or perhaps F1 might see the coming of a Sauber that is capable of breaking into the top 10 on occasion.