October 30, 2018 / 2:55 PM / in 21 days

Motor racing: Ericsson to switch from F1 to IndyCar

Formula One F1 - Mexican Grand Prix - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico - October 26, 2018 Sauber's Marcus Ericsson during practice REUTERS/Andres Stapff

(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

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