Sauber: will they keep Marcus, Felipe or neither?

The fact that Felipe Nasr feels good about the 2017 Sauber car direction and the new financial backing of Longbow Financial is all positives but how good do Sauber or Longbow feel about Nasr—that may be the more important question.

It has been mentioned in other stories that Longbow has a connection with Marcus Ericsson and this will most assuredly mean he retains a seat for 2017 but he doesn’t seem as confident as these news stories seem to be:

“Around Spa or Monza, I should know what is happening,” Ericsson said.

“I feel good in the team here at Sauber and I can see myself staying but we need to look at other options and see what is available.

“I’ve been here one and a half years and I feel good in Sauber but it’s important not to focus on one thing, you need to keep it open for other opportunities.

“My management have told me they are working on it, speaking to Sauber and we are looking at other alternatives as well.”

As for Nasr, he’s speaking like a man who feels Sauber are moving int eh right direction and he’s keen to move with them despite struggling there this year:

“There is a lot more stability now since the new investors took over.

“I would target 2017 as being the year they are focusing on.

“I still consider Sauber a very attractive option but we’re still open to other things as well.”

Like all silly season’s, this one is replete with hints, allegations and public bravado about where drivers will go, who may be interested in them and whether or not they will stay put. If there are strong Ericsson connections and with Nasr’s Brazilian backing, it wouldn’t surprise me if they retained both drivers but then this has to play in to expectations of the new owners and what they want from their driver lineup. Sometimes mixing things up and getting new drivers is a way of making some big changes and starting new.

If not Felipe and/or Marcus…who?


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Bruno Tattaglia

Sauber biggest problem is not driver related. Are the best pair of hands available? No. But first things first. Start developing. When at a FI or Toro Rosso level, then pursue good drivers. My guess is both drivers will remain. Other possibility…Massa for Nasr.


Peter Sauber used to be very good at talent spotting (much like Eddie Jordan or even Ken Tyrrell much earlier). It is a shame that in recent times the team has had to chase drivers with money rather than just drivers with talent. Selling Raikkonen’s contract to McLaren helped to fund the team, so giving the talented an opportunity doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t get the cash, it would just arrive a season later. Hopefully with the team’s new backing, they can return to giving talented youngsters an opportunity. The car has been lacking development this year, but neither driver… Read more »