Sauber confirm Leclerc & Ericsson, as Alfa Romeo livery revealed

Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will race for Sauber in Formula One next season

Alfa Romeo Sauber has confirmed Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will race for the team in the 2018 season, as well as showing off an initial team livery.

F2 champion LeClerc had always been expected to make the jump to the pinnacle of motorsport. However, Ericsson's close ties to Sauber owners Longbow Finance appear to have edged it.

His only remaining hope of a seat for next year is at Williams, but this now seems bound to go to Robert Kubica.

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

The Monegasque driver steps up into Formula 1 as the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Champion, having become the first driver to win both that championship and the GP3 Series, which he did in 2016, and he moves up with the support of Scuderia Ferrari as part of their young driver programme.

While Ferrari was weighing up whether it wanted to place Antonio Giovinazzi at Sauber, the team has opted to only secure a Formula 1 race seat for Leclerc, with Ericsson being retained for what will be his fourth season at the team and Pascal Wehrlein losing his seat. The team parted company with former team boss Monisha Kaltenborn, who was replaced by Frederic Vasseur, before abandoning a Honda engine deal which had been agreed earlier in the season. The title sponsorship deal means the team will be called Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 and the multi-year partnership comes with technical and commercial benefits.

Ferrari's late founder Enzo also started out racing and managing a team for Alfa Romeo, before setting up on his own in the late 1930s.

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