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Leclerc handed Sauber practice outings for 2017

Formula Two championship leader to test Sauber C36

Ferrari development driver Charles Leclerc will participate in four free practice sessions in the remaining six race weekends of the 2017 season.

The current Formula Two series leader will take the wheel of the Sauber-Ferrari C36 in the first free practice session in four of the remaining six Formula One races.

The Monegasque driver will start by participating in free practice one of the next race weekend, the Malaysian Grand Prix, filling in for regular driver Marcus Ericsson.

He will then take part in the additional free practice one sessions at the United States, Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

Leclerc wont take part in the practice sessions for the Japanese and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix as he will be competing in the Formula Two championship on those weekends.

He has already tested for Ferrari at the in-season test following the Hungarian Grand Prix, as well as driving in practice sessions at four Grands Prix weekends for Haas in 2016.

Driving for the Prema team, he currently the firm favourite to take the Formula Two Championship, holding a 59-point lead over Oliver Rowland.

In 2017, Sauber have also used another Ferrari development driver, last year’s GP2 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi, who participated in pre-season testing and the first two races of the season, taking the place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein.

Both of Ferrari’s development drivers are linked with a seat at the Ferrari-powered Sauber team for 2018.

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