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GP Week : Issue 213
F1 >>> nEWs SAUBER CLEANS HOUSE sauber appears set to field an all-new driver lineup next year. The beleaguered Swiss team confirmed in Texas that it had signed the well-financed Marcus Ericsson (right), who has raced for Caterham this season, and rumours suggest that the almost-as-well-sponsored Dutchman Giedo van der Garde could join him. “It is unfor tunately the case that we must see the drivers as a source of income,” team boss Monisha Kaltenborn is quoted by Germany’s Sport Bild. “A lot of the teams are in the same position.” Ericsson said, “Fresh from a ver y turbulent week, I was suddenly given my best early Christmas present ever. The Sauber F1 Team has put its trust in me for 2015, and it makes me proud, as Sauber is known to be one of the best teams in developing young drivers. It will be a great challenge. I will give my ver y best to develop both as a driver, and to be par t of the challenge to put the Sauber F1 Team back closer to the front where it belongs.” Ericsson, who has per formed modestly in his rookie season, is thought to have as much as US$20 million in sponsorship in his war chest. One problem that may have to be overcome is current driver Adrian Sutil who, according to repor ts, has a deal in place for next season. The German is expected to receive a payment in lieu of the team taking on better-funded drivers. JEV STILL IN STR FRAME Toro Rosso has four drivers on its list to join Max Verstappen in 2015. With Daniil Kvyat's headed to Red Bull to replace sebastian Vettel, sTR boss told the official Formula 1 website that he had four drivers under consideration for next season – including Jean-eric Vergne. “The situation is still open,” he said. “I think the drivers that are shortlisted for Toro Rosso are: Jean- eric, Carlos sainz, Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn. All four are Red Bull drivers and it will definitely be a Red Bull driver.” “I am still convinced that Jean-eric can do a very good job in Formula One if he gets a competitive car. He has shown this a couple of times and I personally would like to continue with him – but we have to wait to see what Red Bull decides.” 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: