Ericsson says weight disadvantage costs him 0.3s to Wehrlein

Marcus Ericsson says he is carrying a 10kg weight disadvantage to Sauber team-mate Pascal Wehrlein, which is hurting efforts to prove he deserves to move up the Formula 1 grid

Ericsson says weight disadvantage costs him 0.3s to Wehrlein

Many F1 teams have battled to get their 2017 cars under the weight limit, especially as aerodynamic development parts have been added.

Mercedes had to put its car on a diet earlier in the season, and Valtteri Bottas revealed after the recent Malaysian GP that Mercedes also removes sensors after Friday practice due to weight concerns.

Sauber estimates it has been running between four and eight kilos overweight on Ericsson's car this year, and the taller Ericsson says the disadvantage compared to Wehrlein has grown recently.

Wehrlein has scored five points so far, while Ericsson is yet to register and also trails Wehrlein 9-4 in the intra-team qualifying battle - though the average pure pace gap between them stands at 0.049%, the smallest between any regular team-mate pairing on the grid.

"We've been close, but he has good numbers on me, which I don't really like," Ericsson said.

"It's also been difficult for me with the weight disadvantage.

"At the beginning of the year it was a bit less but for the last four or five races it's been 10 kilos difference.

"That is a lot of lap time on every lap on every track - usually they say it's three or four tenths a lap with 10 kilos."

Ericsson says he is "trying all the time" to lose weight himself, but "that's the problem with being tall".

"It makes it difficult," he added. "I need to beat him as much as I can.

"It's been a lot of years in F1 now where I've been in probably the worst car, and it's difficult then to show your skills, and that also makes it more difficult to get a better seat."

Sauber best option to stay in F1

Ericsson is keen to move up the grid after three seasons with Sauber, but admits remaining at the team for a fourth is now his best chance at staying on the grid in 2018.

His management has contacted Williams, but Autosport understands Ericsson is not among the four drivers in contention there - with Wehrlein recently added to that shortlist.

Unless Ericsson can somehow force his way into Toro Rosso, his only hope now is that Ferrari does not agree a deal with Sauber for both Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi to graduate to F1 together with the team in 2018.

"Williams is looking less likely for me and Sauber is probably the strongest option at the moment," Ericsson confirmed.

"There are always people trying to take your seat and there always will be.

"We've been looking around a bit at different seats, which I think everyone that doesn't have a contract for next year has to do.

"At the moment nothing is done. My management is working hard on it and we see there are some options."

shares
comments
Massa: Williams can't judge Kubica, Di Resta for F1 2018 in old car
Previous article

Massa: Williams can't judge Kubica, Di Resta for F1 2018 in old car

Next article

Haas's Magnussen: Lack of F1 penalties shows driving style is fine

Haas's Magnussen: Lack of F1 penalties shows driving style is fine
Load comments
The code of conduct debate prompted by the Alonso/Raikkonen marginal call Plus

The code of conduct debate prompted by the Alonso/Raikkonen marginal call

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen's clash in Austin has thrust the debate about rights and wrongs of wheel-to-wheel combat firmly into the public spotlight, prompting complaints about the Formula 1 rules process. But what can the FIA do to prevent the issue resurfacing?

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in the best-of-the-rest F1 2021 battle Plus

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in the best-of-the-rest F1 2021 battle

Supremacy in the McLaren vs Ferrari fight over third place in the constructors’ championship has ebbed and flowed between the two teams so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. But for several key reasons, right now it seems the advantage has swung decisively back to the Scuderia and McLaren knows it.

Formula 1
Oct 27, 2021
The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1 Plus

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing was briefly one of the biggest names on the US motorsports scene, but its ambition outstripped its resources. STUART CODLING relates the story of a Formula 1 campaign cut off in its prime

Formula 1
Oct 26, 2021
The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory Plus

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement Plus

Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man ANTHONY PEACOCK explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it)

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021