Marcus Ericsson has confessed in a statement to ‘GP Update’ who expects to have a companion “strong” in 2017. The pilot Swedish want that Sauber can take a step forward in your level and so leaving the seats on the bottom of the grill. However, the swiss team has had a season very complicated in that the points earned by Felipe Nasr at the last minute have prevented even finished behind the Manor in the Constructors. All in all, Ericsson is the only driver confirmed for next season, waiting to see what happens with the support of Banco do Brazil, Felipe Nasr.
“I don’t know what will happen next year. If Felipe stays I will be happy, but if someone new comes, I don’t mind” explained Ericsson. “The important thing is to have someone strong on the other side of the box, because that pushes both drivers and also help to develop the team forward.” All in all, the pilot swede believes that in 2016, has outdone Nasr: “I Think that in the second half of the year, I was the stronger of the two. We have been together for two years, he overcame me in the points both times, but I feel I have been the rider more strong during one and a half of those two years. So is the Formula 1, sometimes you have good stuff and you end up twelfth“.
For his part, Felipe Nasr believes that their performances throughout the season 2016 are worthy of keeping his seat next year. However, the brazilian still has not been able to sign a new contract with the Sauber of face-to-2017: “I Feel that I did everything I could for deserve this place. I have been able to deliver the results that I think the team is looking for. When the opportunity came I was there to take advantage of it and take the only points of the team. In my first year I scored 27 team points, which put us ahead of McLaren and this year I was very close to the points several times, and in Brazil we get them“.
In this line, the brazilian driver explained: “If I put in balance those two years, I think that I have offered the results to a computer you can search for. It is obvious that I would be disappointed if I can’t be here next year. I think that my points should count a lot. I have given an additional impetus to the team for 2017, because we all know how much account of the prize in cash of those points. Is the best budget that could be found and there is a sponsorship better than this result. I feel that I want to achieve much more and this is my Plan To”.