Sauber F1 driver Marcus Ericsson will make the switch to IndyCar for 2019, driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as a full time teammate to James Hinchcliffe.
Current F1 teammate Charles Leclerc is swapping seats with Ferrari veteran Kimi Raikkonen next year, but Sauber have opted for a complete change in their team. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will take Ericsson’s seat, with the Swede remaining as a reserve driver.
“It’s a great honor to be picked as one of the drivers at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and IndyCar for the 2019 season…It feels like a perfect step for me and my career after five years in F1.
I can’t wait to start work with SPM and all the people in the team which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. They’ve had some great success over the years, and I’m looking forward to working hard to continue and improve on that path.
The racing in IndyCar looks great and I feel really excited to be part of it in the future. It will be a lot to learn including new tracks, oval racing, etc. I know it won’t be easy, but it’s a challenge I’m very much looking forward to and I can’t wait to get started.”
Team co-owner Sam Schmidt added:
“Ric [Peterson] and I are excited to welcome Marcus to the team. He has a ton of experience racing in the top levels of motorsports, so we believe that he will be able to contribute to our development program that began in earnest in 2018.
While the circuits on the IndyCar schedule will be brand new to him, particularly the ovals, we have a lot of confidence and trust in his eagerness to learn along with his work ethic. We think he and James [Hinchcliffe] will be a good fit to push one another and fight for those wins.”