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Leclerc to replace Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2019

Charles Leclerc has been announced as Kimi Raikkonen’s replacement at Ferrari, racing in 2019 alongside Sebastian Vettel.

The 20-year-old will step up from Sauber after an impressive rookie season in Formula 1, with strong points finishes and Q3 appearances becoming a semi-regular occurance for Leclerc to out-score his more experienced team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Lecerc has scored a best finish of sixth at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a moment he marks as his true arrival into F1.

Former Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne was keen to put Leclerc in his car for 2019 alongisde Vettel, but his unfortunate passing ahead of the German Grand Prix complicated matters. His replacement Louis Camilleri preferred to retain Raikkonen, but Ferrari’s new management agreed to honour Marchionne’s decision.

It was announced on Tuesday morning that Raikkonen would leave Ferrari at the end of the 2018 season, having signed a two-year deal with Sauber.

Confirmation of Leclerc’s promotion came swiftly after to complete the turnaround between the two teams.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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