Marcus Ericsson: 'Haas is team closest to Sauber'

Marcus Ericsson walks across the paddock during previews to the Canadian Grand Prix on June 4, 2015
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Marcus Ericsson says that he is not sure where Sauber will line up on the 2017 grid.

Marcus Ericsson has said that he is not sure where Sauber will line up on the 2017 grid.

Most observers think that the small Swiss team, which almost joined Manor in collapsing recently, will bring up the rear starting in Melbourne this weekend.

When asked where Sauber really is, driver Ericsson - whose sponsors are reportedly linked with the team's new owners - told Blick: "That's the million dollar question for all of us.

"Nobody has the answer. But the tests encouraged us, because Honda and Renault had their problems with reliability, even if we are far from where we want to go.

"I think Haas is the closest to us, but forecasts are very difficult after only eight days of testing."

Sauber came 10th in the 2016 constructors' championship, ahead of only the defunct Manor.

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3Red Bull72
4Force India53
5Toro Rosso21
6Williams-Mercedes18
7Renault14
8Haas9
9Sauber4
10McLaren0
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10Carlos SainzToro Rosso17
11Nico HulkenbergRenault14
12Romain GrosjeanHaas5
13Kevin MagnussenHaas4
14Pascal WehrleinSauber4
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
16Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes0
17Marcus EricssonSauber0
18Jolyon PalmerRenault0
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
20Fernando AlonsoMcLaren0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0