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Sauber confirms Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson as 2018 race line-up

Sauber confirms Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson as 2018 race line-up”

Giovinazzi, who served as Ferrari's third driver in 2017, has two Sauber race outings to his name, the Italian having stood in for the injured Wehrlein at this season's two opening rounds, with a best finish of 12th in Australia.

"Alfa Romeo will offer the opportunity to two young pilots as has already been the case in the past with two champions Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Masa, who debuted here", Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday at the official unveiling.

However, Ericsson's future had been in doubt after he ended the season as the only driver to compete in every race without scoring a point.

Charles Leclerc has admitted his delight at moving up into Formula 1 in 2018 with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team after being signed alongside Marcus Ericsson.

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Saturday's event showed off a new red and white livery, with Alfa Romeo branding prominent on the engine cover, and a redesigned logo. The Italian vehicle manufacturer is making a return to the sport after 30-years to sponsor the team.

Giovinazzi will be the reserve driver instead, taking part in Friday practice sessions. That was promptly followed by a deal with Ferrari for 2018.

"I would also like to thank Sauber for their trust and confidence in me as a driver, and look forward to joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming season".

Sauber finished last in the constructors' championship for the first time in their history in 2017.



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