Sauber has announced Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson will remain with the team for the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship as part of an unchanged driver line-up.
After failing to score a point for the first time in its 21 year history in 2014, Sauber has bounced back this year, with new signings Nasr and Ericsson returning the Swiss outfit to the top ten in Australia. After nine races, it is currently seventh in the constructors' standings but has been as high as fifth overall.
The renewed deal will see Nasr get a second season in F1 having turned heads in his rookie year, not least his top five finish on his debut at the Australian Grand Prix. The Brazilian is delighted to have his future confirmed well before the end of the year.
“It is great to be driving another season for the Sauber F1 Team. The extension to the contract with the Sauber F1 Team is an important step in my career. During the first half of the season, in what is my rookie year, I was able to gain a lot of experience from a driving perspective as well as on the personal side.
“Finishing fifth at my first ever Formula One race in Melbourne in the Australian Grand Prix is so far my career highlight. Now I am looking forward to the second half of the season. My objective is to support the team as best I can, and also with regard to the development of the new car.”
By staying with Sauber for 2016, Ericsson will be embarking on his third season in F1 having competed with Caterham in 2014. The Swede hoping to build on this year's campaign after scoring points in Australia and China.
“I'm very happy that the Sauber F1 Team has put its trust in my potential for another year. Up to now I have some good memories of my first year with the long-standing Swiss team. I had a great start from the very beginning, and it is worth mentioning my first points in Formula One that I scored right away during the season-opener. I am getting to know everyone within the team more and more, and feel I am being appreciated as a valuable driver. I feel honoured to be part of the Sauber Motorsport family, and I will continue to do my very best to succeed.”
As one of the first teams to have its 2016 confirmed, Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says the focus can now turn to developing its car for next year.
“We are pleased about the extension of the contracts with Marcus and Felipe. This early point in time shows that the drivers and the team are sure they are heading in the right direction. We have full confidence in the talents and skills of Marcus and Felipe. Both have shown solid performances, gained experience and learnt quickly. We enjoy having them in the team and they give it a positive boost.
“Despite their young ages, they work very professionally – on as well as off the track. Marcus and Felipe are already involved in a very dedicated way with the development of next year's Sauber C35.”