Ericsson joined by Leclerc at Sauber

02 December 2017 08:06:30 EST

Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Marcus Ericsson will be joined by Charles Leclerc in their team for the 2018 Formula 1 campaign.

The 20-year-old Monaco-born Formula 2 champion has been brought in to replace Pascal Wehrlein after the German departed the team after just one season in which he scored their only points at Spain and Azerbaijan

Leclerc was a dominant figure in F2 in 2017 as he won the title with a 72-point cushion ahead of Artem Markelov, while he has participated in several FP1 sessions with Sauber over the past 12 months and drove Ferrari's SF70-H at the in-season test at the Hungaroring.

It will be Ericsson's fourth season with Sauber after he joined from Caterham ahead of the 2015 campaign.

Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will take up the role of third driver with the Swiss-based outfit having raced for them in Australia and China this past year when Wehrlein was unavailable.

The news comes on the back of Sauber agreeing a multi-year technical and commercial deal with Alfa Romeo earlier in the week, while they have also run a revised livery of red and white in 2018.

Meanwhile, reigning drivers champion Lewis Hamilton is 1/500 to retain his title in 2018 for Mercedes and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is 50/1 to come out on top.

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