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Alfa Romeo Sauber confirms F1 seats for Leclerc, Ericsson

From FOX Sports - December 2, 2017

ARESE, Italy (AP)The newly rebranded Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team announced Saturday that its 2018 driver lineup will consist of Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

Formula Two champion Leclerc, who is a product of Ferraris junior program, had been expected to make the step up to F1, and it was confirmed that Ericsson will retain his seat.

Ferrari chairman and FIAT Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne made the announcement at a news conference at the Alfa Romeo museum to launch the new partnership with Sauber.

I am happy to be able to say that the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team will also give young drivers the chance to show what they can do, Marchionne said. That has always been the case in the history of Sauber: you just need to look at the fact that two champions of the caliber of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa both debuted with Sauber.

Raikkonen won the title in 2007 while Massa was second behind Lewis Hamilton in 2008.

Leclerc, who turned 20 in October and is from Monaco, became the youngest F2 champion last season, dominating the title race and eventually winning by 72 points.

The 27-year-old Ericsson has been at Sauber since 2015. His best finish was eighth in his first race for the team.

Antonio Giovinazzi, another Ferrari product, will be the teams third driver.

Leclerc and Ericsson unveiled the teams livery, pulling back covers to reveal a red and white showcar, with a large Alfa Romeo logo on the engine cover. Next years car will also be equipped with Ferrari power units.

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