Ericsson keeps seat at Sauber for 2018 alongside Leclerc

Drivers Marcus Ericsson of Sweden right and Charles Leclerc of Monaco unveil the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team on the occasion of its official presentation in Arese Italy Saturday Dec. 2 2017. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team will compete in the 2018 Fo

The Swiss Formula One outfit Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for the world title in their rebranded auto in 2018.

The auto is predominantly white with red accents, and large Alfa Romeo logos after the Swiss team confirmed a deal with the manufacturer.

Leclerc, 20, won the Formula 2 championship last season after coming through the Ferrari Driver Academy, while Ericsson was at already at Sauber.

Ericsson failed to score a single point in the 2017 F1 season while his team-mate Pascal Wehrlein managed five only to lose his race-seat. The title sponsorship deal means the team will be called Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 and the multi-year partnership comes with technical and commercial benefits.

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Giovinazzi will be the reserve driver instead, taking part in Friday practice sessions.

Formula One chairman Chase Carey and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, president of the governing FIA, both attended Saturday's presentation. He was speaking in Milan at an event marking the launch of Sauber's new partnership with Alfa Romeo.

Ferrari's late founder Enzo also started out racing and managing a team for Alfa Romeo, before setting up on his own in the late 1930s. "First and foremost, I would like to thank Ferrari for their support".

Alfa Romeo, founded in 1910, supplied Formula One engines in the 1960s and 1970s and returned as a constructor in 1979 before again withdrawing at the end of 1985.

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