Signing second F1 driver for 2017 now Sauber's priority

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says signing its second Formula 1 race driver for the 2017 season is the outfit's priority

Signing second F1 driver for 2017 now Sauber's priority

The Swiss team announced earlier this month that Marcus Ericsson would remain for a third season next year.

Felipe Nasr had been expected to stay on to partner the Swede, but discussions have stalled because of problems with main sponsor Banco do Brasil.

Autosport understands current Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein is favourite to replace him, with Rio Haryanto also a strong contender.

With Sauber having recruited to fill its key off-track vacancies, including signing Jorg Zander as technical director, and got plans for its 2017 car on course, sorting out its driver line-up is now top of the list.

"The second seat is what we want to sort out as soon as possible," Kaltenborn told Autosport.

"With the new car, everything is on schedule."

Nasr, who had talks with Force India, Williams and Renault alongside discussions with Sauber about a seat next year, remains hopeful he can stay in F1.

"I cannot change the past or whatever has been decided," he told Autosport.

"All I can do is look for the now, for the solution.

"I can clearly say my priority is to be in Formula 1 next year, but saying that I cannot guarantee I will be here.

"We didn't think about alternatives yet and we will keep pushing for that.

"You have to look at the last two years, I got the points for the team, I brought the results for the team and you cannot just judge in one year what a driver can do.

"More than that, when it mattered I was there to take it."

Nasr is also exploring the possibility of landing a drive at Manor and is not yet entertaining the idea of anything other than a F1 race drive.

"The priority is to be around here," he said. "As a reserve? I don't know yet.

"Let's go for the race seat if we can but if not we have to look at other areas."

shares
comments
Unwell Hamilton ends test of Pirelli's 2017 F1 tyres early

Previous article

Unwell Hamilton ends test of Pirelli's 2017 F1 tyres early

Next article

Kimi Raikkonen can't understand Nico Rosberg F1 doubters

Kimi Raikkonen can't understand Nico Rosberg F1 doubters
Load comments
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021
The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower Plus

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower

On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021