LeClerc and Ericsson earn Sauber seats

Sauber unveils concept 2018 Alfa Romeo livery

The announcement was made by Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne on Saturday.

"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".

Formula Two champion Charles Leclerc will graduate to F1 with Sauber next season.

Charles Leclerc, 20, will make his Formula One debut as a full-time driver in the 2018 season driving for Sauber.

Meanwhile Ericsson, who failed to score a single point in 2017, takes the other seat ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi, who competed in the Australia Grand Prix and the Chinese Grand Prix as Pascal Wehrlein recovered from an injury sustained at the Race of Champions.

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His only remaining hope of a seat for next year is at Williams, but this now seems bound to go to Robert Kubica.

The white-and-red scheme, reflecting Alfa Romeo's colours, marks a move away from the predominantly blue livery which Sauber has run since 2015.

Giovinazzi is still part of the Sauber line-up, with the Italian taking on the role of third driver and set to participate in a number of Friday practice sessions during the 2018 season having raced twice at the start of this year in place of the injured Wehrlein.

"Formula One is the natural reference point for a marque like this", he said.

Instead, the team will use Ferrari power elements badged with the iconic Alfa Romeo brand. That was promptly followed by a deal with Ferrari for 2018.

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