(Reuters) – Swedish Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson will switch to the U.S. IndyCar series in 2019 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) while continuing as a reserve for Sauber, SPM announced on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old is being replaced in Sauber’s F1 race lineup by 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen alongside Italian rookie Antonio Giovinazzi, with Charles Leclerc leaving for Ferrari.
“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,” Ericsson said in a statement.
SPM said the Swede would take their number seven car.
“We think he and James (Hinchcliffe) will be a good fit to push one another and fight for those wins,” said co-owner Sam Schmidt.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Hugh Lawson)