Marcus Ericsson sits in 21st in the Driver standings this season, his best finish for Sauber has been 12th in Bahrain and Spain. The Swedish driver’s average qualifying position has been 19th, his average race finish 15th.
Very disappointing end to my 50th GP. A lot of promise but very little reward. We will regroup and fight back in KL pic.twitter.com/RO153PunZ1
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) September 19, 2016
But Ericsson is in talks with a handful of teams for 2017, even though his team-mate Felipe Nasr has slightly higher averages than Ericsson this season. Welcome to Formula One, where money talks and racing talent isn’t worth as much as it used to be. Ericsson said,
“Nothing decided yet, but hopefully soon I will know what will happen. Aim number one is to stay in F1 and in the best possible car.
We’re speaking to some different teams, including Sauber, but there’s not that many seats left so let’s see in the coming weeks. We’ve been speaking a bit with them [Manor]. They were there as well, basically it’s all the teams that’s left. Obviously it’s not myself but my management, and I think it’s important to keep communication with all the teams and see what’s happening.
Now I’m going into my fourth season next year, so I’m really eager to be in a car where I can be a bit more competitive and show what I can do.
I feel like I’ve taken steps all the time as a driver and perform on a better level but I haven’t had the chance to really show it yet. So I’m really, really eager to be in a package where I can really fight for points on a regular basis.”
– Marcus Ericsson
— Marcus Ericsson (@Ericsson_Marcus) September 17, 2016
According to PlanetF1, Ericsson’s preference is actually Williams. It remains to be seen which team will be the next to prostitute themselves to Ericsson’s cause. He isn’t a bad driver and doesn’t really deserve personal criticism, but the alleged interest from a handful of teams casts a light on the current state of Formula One.