Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team

Angelica Greene
December 3, 2017

During a press conference held at Alfa Romeo's museum on Saturday, Leclerc and Ericsson took the wraps off the squad's proposed 2018 livery, which was presented on one of the team's showcars.

Meanwhile, in terms of drivers, the Swiss team are retaining the services of Marcus Ericsson, but are replacing Pascal Wehrlein with the services of Charles Leclerc.

Ferrari-backed Leclerc, 20 and from Monaco, had been expected to get the drive after a dominant season in the official feeder series. However, Ericsson's close ties to Sauber owners Longbow Finance appear to have edged it.

Giovinazzi's chances seemed to have been raised by news of the Alfa Romeo deal, with speculation Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne was keen to make it a fully-fledged junior team.

Marchionne, who is also the chairman of Sauber's engine suppliers Ferrari, is attempting to reshape the Alfa Romeo brand and the title sponsorship of Sauber is part of that.

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"For now I'm a Ferrari fan, but if Alfa Romeo Sauber do well that would of course be very welcome", Marchionne said.

The first two Formula One world championships in 1950 and 1951 were won by Italian Giuseppe "Nino" Farina and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in Alfa Romeo cars.

Instead, the team will use Ferrari power elements badged with the iconic Alfa Romeo brand.

"It's an incredible opportunity for me but also for the team", said Ericsson, whose financial support has always been linked to Rausing and the Tetra Laval packaging group.

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