Marcus Ericsson will continue as part of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team as third driver and brand ambassador, the team have confirmed.
Following the news that Antonio Giovinazzi has earned a promotion to a race seat and will partner Kimi Raikkonen at Sauber next season, Sauber have revealed that they have also retained Ericsson.
The role will likely mean the Swede participates in testing and simulation work, as well as any potential stand-in duties, alongside his new role as brand ambassador.
“Regarding today’s news. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in these last years in F1. I’ve always given my 100%, putting my heart and soul into it,” said Ericsson on social media.
“I will continue in the same spirit, aiming to finish the season on a high! And I’m happy to continue working with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team next year in a new role. I’m also excited about exploring other racing options.
“Today is not the end of the story, it’s just the start of a new chapter.”
Ericsson made his debut in 2014, spending the majority of the season with Caterham before the team shut down towards the end of the year.
From there, he made the switch to Sauber for 2015, racing alongside Felipe Nasr in 2015 & 2016, Pascal Wehrlein in 2017 and Charles Leclerc in 2018.
He’s scored a total of fifteen points in Formula One, with his best finish of eighth place coming at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.
Ericsson will be present in the drivers’ press conference on Thursday 27th September, prior to this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.