Marcus Ericsson has been confirmed to leave Caterham and drive for Sauber for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Sauber team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said Ericsson made a good impression despite being in a difficult situation at Caterham.

“He did not have an easy rookie season this year in Formula 1, however, he kept calm and improved continuously, mainly in the last races.

“We are convinced that signing Marcus can give the team a fresh impetus.”

The 24-year-old made his move to Formula 1 with Caterham after four seasons in the GP2 series, but given his team went into administration his future in Formula 1 was in doubt.

Ericsson described the Sauber deal as an incredible turnaround in fortune and the best early Christmas present he’s ever received.

“Sauber 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 very best to develop both as a driver, and to be part of the challenge to put Sauber back closer to the front where it belongs.”

It is not known whether Ericsson will be replacing Adrian Sutil or Esteban Gutierrez, with the team expected to announce their decision at a later date.

Reserve driver Giedo van der Garde also remains in the mix to possibly complete an all new driver line-up for 2015.

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