LeClerc and Ericsson earn Sauber seats

03 December, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for Alfa Romeo Sauber

That speculation ended on Saturday at an event in Italy where Ericsson - who had been up against Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi for the seat - was confirmed for a third season with the team.

Leclerc is a current member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and he is widely considered one of the future stars of Formula One.

Sauber has unveiled its concept livery for the 2018 Formula 1 season, in the wake of its collaboration with FCA brand Alfa Romeo.

Leclerc, who turned 20 in October and is from Monaco, became the youngest F2 champion last season, dominating the title race and eventually winning by 72 points.

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The newly rebranded Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team announced Saturday that its 2018 driver lineup will consist of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson. Next year's vehicle will also be equipped with Ferrari power units.

"I would also like to thank Sauber for their trust and confidence in me as a driver, and look forward to joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming season".

Formula One chairman Chase Carey and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, president of the governing FIA, both attended the presentation. With his potential and talent, it would seem to be only a matter of time before he gets a ride with one of the sport's top teams and starts contending for race wins and even championships.

"It has a Ferrari engine and in Leclerc and Ericsson two drivers with exceptional talent", he said.

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