HINWIL, Switzerland (AP) The Sauber Formula 1 team says Antonio Giovinazzi will join former champion Kimi Raikkonen as its drivers for 2019.
Giovinazzi is replacing the 20-year-old Charles Leclerc, who will join Ferrari next season.
Leclerc’s move to the storied Italian team opened the way for Raikkonen to return to Switzerland-based Sauber where the 2007 champion’s F1 career began in 2001.
Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur says Giovinazzi “has proven to have great potential.”
Giovinazzi, who will turn 25 before next season, raced twice for Sauber in 2017 when Pascal Wehrlein was injured.
Sauber says current driver Marcus Ericsson will become the third driver next season.
The team is ninth of 10 in the constructor standings this season.
“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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