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Sauber confirm Leclerc and Ericsson for 2018

Giovinazzi takes reserve driver role at Sauber

Sauber have confirmed that Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will race for the team for the 2018 season, with Antonio Giovinazzi taking a reserve driver role.

Just days after confirming their new partnership with Alfa Romeo, the Sauber team confirmed their driver line-up through social media during a presentation at theย Museo Storico Alfa Romeo.

Charles Leclerc will make his much-anticipated Formula One debut in 2018 after storming to the Formula Two title in 2017 with Prema.

The Monegasque driver is part of the Ferrari driver academy, and has taken part in various test sessions for the Scuderia, as well as the Ferrari-powered Haas and Sauber teams.

Marcus Ericsson, meanwhile, joined the sport in 2014, racing for the Caterham team for one season before making the switch to Sauber, making this his fourth full season with the Swiss team.

2016 GP2 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi had been competing with Marcus Ericsson for the second seat at Alfa Romeo Sauber, but was forced to continue in his reserve driver role for 2018.

The Italian took part in two races for the team during the 2017 season, substituting for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Wehrlein is now highly unlikely to compete in Formula One next season, with only one Williams seat remaining. Robert Kubica is currently the favourite for the available seat.

The new Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team also whetted the fans’ appetite for a livery change in 2018 by unveiling a concept livery, displaying a white-and-dark-red design.

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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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