Alfa Romeo Sauber confirms Leclerc, Ericsson for F1 2018

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The newly-rebranded Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 team has confirmed Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc will step up to a full-time race seat for the 2018 season, partnering the retained Marcus Ericsson.

Sauber announced back in July it would be entering an expanded technical partnership with Ferrari from 2018, with the deal leading to a rebrand under the Alfa Romeo name, a brand also owned by the Fiat-Chrysler Alliance.

In a press conference held in Milan on Saturday, Sauber confirmed it would be retaining Ericsson for a fourth season alongside the incoming Leclerc, who replaces Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein.

The team also unveiled its new white and red colors for the 2018 season via a concept livery, replacing the blue design it has raced with since 2015.

Having lost out to Ericsson in the race for the second Sauber seat alongside Leclerc, Ferrari youngster Antonio Giovinazzi has been appointed as the team’s third and reserve driver for the 2018 season.

Giovinazzi deputized for Pascal Wehrlein when injured for two races at the start of the year, taking a best finish of P12 on debut in Australia.