Sauber confirms Ericsson & Leclerc for 2018, reveals new Alfa Romeo F1 logo
The Swiss teams has a new partnership and a new line-up for the upcoming season.
Sauber announced a new driver line-up for the 2018 Formula 1 season, comprising of Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc - the former retaining his seat, while the latter joining the Swiss squad.
The news was confirmed during the launch party of the outfit as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, which was attended by the FIA president Jean Todt, F1 boss Chase Carey, Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne and Sauber owner Pascal Picci.
The team also revealed its new logo, along with the new concept livery, incorporating the traditional Alfa Romeo colours of red and white. In addition, the team also announced Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi as its third driver, who will take part in few FP1 sessions during the season.
The team finished last in the current season, having scored just the five points courtesy its outgoing driver Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein. In the lead up to the announcement, both the Ferrari juniors Giovinazzi and Leclerc were tipped for the race seats.
However, with Ericsson's backers still having a say in the decision, the Swede's chances were brighten up, while it was certain that Wehrlein will go. Among the Ferrari juniors, despite Giovinazzi being ahead in line, but with Leclerc's promising speed and his F2 title as a rookie, made him a favourite contender.