Sauber unveils concept 2018 Alfa Romeo livery

Delia Watkins
December 3, 2017

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.

He'll have a new partner for the season, with Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc stepping up to make his F1 race début in Melbourne. He was speaking in Milan at an event marking the launch of Sauber's new partnership with Alfa Romeo.

For Ericssson, 2018 will mark his fifth season in F1 and his fourth with Sauber. However, Ericsson's close ties to Sauber owners Longbow Finance appear to have edged it.

Antonio Giovinazzi is the reserve driver. The 27-year-old Swede has scored nine points with the Swiss team in that time.

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As expected, Mercedes protégé Wehrlein is left out of the line-up.

Leclerc test drove for Scuderia Ferrari and Haas in Formula One cars last season, and he test drove again for the former this past season in addition to test driving for Sauber, the team for which he will be driving competitively in a full-time role next year. The deal is understood to include an agreement for it to take at least one of Ferrari's young drivers next season.

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.

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

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