Charles Leclerc to race for Sauber alongside Marcus Ericcson in 2018

Marsha Scott
December 3, 2017

Meanwhile, in terms of drivers, the Swiss team are retaining the services of Marcus Ericsson, but are replacing Pascal Wehrlein with the services of Charles Leclerc.

"Alfa Romeo will offer the opportunity to two young pilots as has already been the case in the past with two champions Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, who debuted here", Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday at the official unveiling.

The covers were then pulled off a showcar, revealing a red and white livery, with a large Alfa Romeo logo on the engine cover.

Leclerc made four free practice sessions with Sauber in 2017 having done likewise with the Haas F1 Team in 2016, and he is looking to gain even more experience in his rookie campaign in Formula 1 next season.

Sauber will have closer ties with Ferrari next season through the deal with Alfa Romeo.

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Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi is the back-up driver.

Leclerc had always been tipped for one of the Sauber seats after storming to the Formula 2 title, finishing 72 points ahead of Artem Markelov.

Marchionne added that the partnership would also strengthen his hand in talks with Formula One about the sport's future and warned that the deal could end in 2021 if Ferrari chose to walk away as they have threatened.

"For now I'm a Ferrari fan, but if Alfa Romeo Sauber do well that would of course be very welcome", Marchionne said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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