Sauber to name second driver in January
16 December 2016 – Sauber is now also planning to announce its second driver for the 2017 season at the beginning of next year, amid the knock-on effect of Nico Rosberg's shock retirement.
Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn initially stated that she hoped to settle the team's line-up before the 2016 finale, but only Marcus Ericsson has been confirmed in a seat.
"As of now, the plan is to announce the second driver [at the] beginning of January 2017," a Sauber spokesperson stated to GPUpdate.net, when asked for an update.
Ericsson's team-mate for the past two seasons, Felipe Nasr, is fighting to remain in F1, after losing financial support, with his manager admitting that his situation was "not ideal".
Nasr scored two crucial points for Sauber at the Brazilian Grand Prix, lifting the outfit above rival Manor in the standings, following Pascal Wehrlein's top 10 finish in Austria.
Meanwhile, Wehrlein, despite his Mercedes backing, and Sauber's engine deal with Ferrari, has also been linked to the drive, though Rosberg's decision complicated matters.
Mercedes is pushing to release Williams' Valtteri Bottas from his 2017 contract, but Wehrlein is seen as another leading candidate, should talks fail to produce an agreement.
Mercedes will not make an announcement until at least January 3.