Sauber dismisses Vandoorne talk

Sauber's line-up for 2019 has not yet been finalised, but Stoffel Vandoorne does not appear to be an option.

McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne   -  Getty Images

Sauber is not in talks with Stoffel Vandoorne and team principal Fred Vasseur says that Marcus Ericsson is in pole position to keep his seat next year. Vandoorne's future is in doubt amid reports that Esteban Ocon could be in line for a move to McLaren.

Vasseur played down reports that Vandoorne could be on his way to Sauber for the 2019 Formula One season, amid talk of Charles Leclerc potentially being promoted to become Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari teammate.

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"He's not in the discussions. Honestly, we are in the middle of the season. And, even if everybody is a bit upset and a bit nervous on the drivers' market, if you compare with previous years, I think everybody is much earlier. So, we stay calm," Vasseur told Autosport.

Vasseur gave his backing to Ericsson, who finished 10th at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend. "He's doing a good job. He was one hundredth behind Charles in quali, with an engine issue," Vasseur added.

"In the race he had a strong pace from the beginning, the strategy was the opposite to the guy in front of us. Marcus did well. The best way to keep a position for every single driver in the paddock is to do a good job, and he's doing it."