With Sauber's confirmation, just one F1 seat remains for 2018

With Sauber's confirmation, just one F1 seat remains for 2018

Leclerc made four free practice sessions with Sauber in 2017 having done likewise with the Haas F1 Team in 2016, and he is looking to gain even more experience in his rookie campaign in Formula 1 next season.

The Swiss team announced Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc as its 2018 race drivers at a launch event near Milan, with Antonio Giovinazzi as third driver.

"I am happy to be able to say that the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team will also give young drivers the chance to show what they can do", Marchionne said.

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The decision leaves German driver Pascal Wehrlein, Ericsson's team-mate this year, facing an uncertain future.

Though Leclerc has been expected to fill one of the seats for a while now, there had been a question-mark over who would partner him in 2018. 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.

Formula One chairman Chase Carey and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, president of the governing FIA, both attended the presentation.

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Sauber finished last in the constructors' championship for the first time in their history in 2017.

The news was announced Saturday as the team's Formula One auto was also unveiled with it's slick red and white colouring with a prominent Alfa Romeo logo.

Besides the one remaining seat at Williams alongside Lance Stroll, Sauber was still yet to confirm either of its 2018 drivers, with three candidates being in contention.

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