Marcus Ericsson admits he is driving for his future in Formula 1 and hopes his point-scoring finish in the German Grand Prix will help secure an extension at Sauber.
Sauber has been enjoying a much more competitive season than in previous years, with 18 points to its name already compared to just five in the whole of 2017. Charles Leclerc has been the standout driver so far in his rookie year, scoring 13 of those points, but Ericsson hopes his ninth place at Hockenheim will help convince Sauber to retain him.
“It’s important every time you’re out on track — you need to show what you can do,” Ericsson said. “Especially these times when you drive for your future. There’s a lot of talks about next year already and I need to prove that I should be in F1 for next year. Days like Sunday obviously help my case. Saturday was not too bad but could have been better.
“I need to keep doing strong races like this because I feel on race day I’m really, really strong and can race as good as anyone out there. But I still need to find something on Saturdays, so that’s my big target at the moment to find performance there.”
Asked when he thinks talks about 2019 will come to a conclusion, Ericsson replied: “I don’t know, it’s up to Fred [Vasseur, team principal ] to take these decisions.
“But it’s no secret that I want to stay here. I think the team has something great going and I’ve been part of this journey for a few years now. The team has done a great job but also I feel a part of that transformation as well with my work with the team, so it would be nice to continue that and see where we can go. Because the progress that we’ve made this year has probably been the best of the field and that’s been very impressive.”
After scoring points for the third time this year, Ericsson is targeting another strong showing this weekend in Hungary, where Sauber has a further batch of new parts set to be introduced.
“The target has to be points again. I think we have some more upgrades coming again — every race now, we have updates, and the form we have at the moment is very strong. So again, try and qualify a bit higher and then score points on Sunday. I think that’s a realistic target, so that’s the mindset we go there with.”