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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.

2y ago

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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.

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  • was this pic taken with a potato?

      2 years ago
  • Gio will once again have to wait even if trashed Ericsson in Australia and China. My bet is that he wil either go to do FP1 At Haas and Sauber or maybe but it is a bit unlikely be driver for AF Corse in the WEC to be fit. Leclerc is ta talent to develop but I do not know how would he face Gio in a duel but also the GP2 drivers were shit this year

      2 years ago
  • Still Ericsson? I understand that his family is sponsoring the team etc., but now it would be quite time for him to go. Especially with a valuable alternative like Giovinazzi. Very sad that we won’t have an Italian driving the Alfa Romeo next year.

      2 years ago
    • We can at least blame all bad results on the drivers... Will probably be Alfas worst season in racing ever. I assume that Ferrari won't give them their newest engines, but wonders can happen

        2 years ago
    • They will get a 2018 ferrari engine, not a 2017. Im hoping to see sauber fighting at least with force india

        2 years ago
  • I wish Giovinazzi got the remaining seat so he could get more experience in F1. Ericsson has been there for too long now and he doesn't strike me as a big talent. Sure, Sauber is one of the weakest teams in the sport, but still he has been outperformed by his teammate in the past two seasons.

      2 years ago
    • Outperformed? Not really, he's been driving equally good with several championship Winner hopes...

        2 years ago
  • The retention of Ericsson is a perfect illustration of one of F1's major failings. It should be the best drivers in the best cars and if the F1 revenues were more evenly split, with performance related prizes given out on top of a basic level of income that allowed teams to function, we wouldn't have to watch dimwits, like the floundering Ericsson and Crashtor before him, messing up other people's races as he wades out of his depth in a sport he shouldn't be in based on merit.

      2 years ago
    • I´m afraid you´re wrong their Neil, Marcus has not been in a competitive car the last two seasons. Yes, it is true that Wherlein has scored some points but if you look at the races instead of just statistics you would see that Ericsson has been...

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        2 years ago
    • interesting. He had 3 mediocre seasons in GP2 including joining the reigning championship team in 2013 and still only came in 6th at the end of the season. He scored 3 wins in 4 seasons of GP2, 3.

      His first two seasons in F1 he was routinely out...

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        2 years ago
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