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Motor racing Leclerc and Ericsson to race for Sauber in 2018

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.

F2 champion LeClerc had always been expected to make the jump to the pinnacle of motorsport.

Giovinazzi made his F1 bow this year subbing for an unwell Pascal Wehrlein in the first two races of the season.

The line-up was announced at a special press event in Milan, Italy on Saturday, where the team revealed further details of their new title sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, including a revised red and white livery concept for next season's vehicle and a new logo. However, Ericsson's close ties to Sauber owners Longbow Finance appear to have edged it.

Leclerc test drove for Scuderia Ferrari and Haas in Formula One cars last season, and he test drove again for the former this past season in addition to test driving for Sauber, the team for which he will be driving competitively in a full-time role next year.

Giovinazzi will stay as the team's back-up driver and it remains to be seen if Wehrlein moves to Williams - the only remaining team with a vacancy. The Italian vehicle manufacturer is making a return to the sport after 30-years to sponsor the team.

"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".

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