Ericsson: My F1 future reliant on Ferrari
23 November 2017 – Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson accepts his future in Formula 1 is reliant on the levels of collaboration between the Swiss team and power unit partner Ferrari.
Ericsson made his debut with Caterham in 2014 before switching to Sauber for 2015, though is out of contract at the end of the year, with the team the only one yet to name either of its 2018 drivers.
Ferrari-backed Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc is poised to claim one seat, while Ericsson and Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi are understood to be vying for the other berth.
Sauber, under new team boss Frédéric Vasseur, cancelled its planned Honda deal in favour of a renewed relationship with Ferrari, and a return to using current-year power units.
Ericsson admits that his role is dependent on the manner in which Ferrari and Sauber collaborate into 2018.
"I think it's no secret that my chance to stay in F1 is with Sauber and that's what we're aiming to do," said Ericsson ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"I think we have a good chance of doing that, unfortunately it's not decided yet, [I have a] good chance but it's not done."
On why Sauber has yet to determine its line-up, Ericsson said: "I think from what I understand it's [because of] talks with Ferrari and how much collaboration [there is].
"For me that's what's been taking the time; Ferrari has been pushing to get two drivers in the team and I mean that's the main worry for me at the moment, but that's not decided yet.
"Otherwise I'm quite hopeful… or confident I will be one of the drivers unless Ferrari gets two drivers obviously."
Ericsson added that the situation has made him slightly anxious heading into this weekend's final round of the campaign.
"[I feel] a bit nervous, it feels a bit weird, going to the last race of the season not having anything sorted for next year is a bit of a worry," he said.
"I still feel confident I will be on the grid next year but in this business you can never be sure before you have a contract signed."