Friday, 19 October, 2018

Sauber: F2 champion Charles Leclerc to drive alongside Marcus Ericsson

Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will race for Sauber in Formula One next season Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will race for Sauber in Formula One next season
Lisa Bryan | 03 December, 2017, 02:07

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.

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

With Sauber teaming up with Alfa Romeo ahead of the 2018 championship, Leclerc was widely tipped to take one of the two Sauber race-seats.

The vehicle is predominantly white with red accents, and large Alfa Romeo logos after the Swiss team confirmed a deal with the manufacturer.

There was always a doubt as to whether Ericsson would hold on to his seat, however, with Antonio Giovinazzi waiting in the wings, but they have opted to give the Swede another chance.

Twenty-year-old Formula Two champion Leclerc was officially added to the team on Saturday
Twenty-year-old Formula Two champion Leclerc was officially added to the team on Saturday

Even before he put his teenage years behind him back in October, he had always been the favorite to get this ride, and now it's official.

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 made a decision to walk away as they have threatened.

Formula One chairman Chase Carey and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, president of the governing FIA, both attended the presentation.

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

The multi-year deal includes strategic, commercial and technological cooperation, enhancing an arrangement that already included use of the latest specification Ferrari engine.


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