Leclerc 'very happy' to get Alfa Romeo Sauber race seat in 2018

Camille Francis
December 3, 2017

Besides the one remaining seat at Williams alongside Lance Stroll, Sauber was still yet to confirm either of its 2018 drivers, with three candidates being in contention.

The announcement was made by Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne on Saturday.

The Swiss Formula One outfit Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for the world title in their rebranded vehicle in 2018.

Leclerc has been testing for Sauber on numerous occasions this season, including four FP1 runs toward the end of the year.

Leclerc, 20, won the Formula 2 championship last season after coming through the Ferrari Driver Academy, while Ericsson was at already at Sauber.

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Meanwhile Ericsson, who failed to score a single point in 2017, takes the other seat ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi, who competed in the Australia Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix as Pascal Wehrlein recovered from an injury sustained at the Race of Champions.

Since the departure of former team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber has increasingly positioned itself as a Ferrari satellite team.

Having used a year-old power unit this season, next year will see Sauber running the latest specification in a deal that has since been extended to the Alfa Romeo partnership. That was promptly followed by a deal with Ferrari for 2018.

"I am very happy to be entering Formula 1 in 2018", said Leclerc.

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