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Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team

Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team

However, Ericsson's future had been in doubt after he ended the season as the only driver to compete in every race without scoring a point.

The Swiss Formula One outfit Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for the world title in their rebranded auto in 2018.

Alfa Romeo will return to the sport after an absence of 30 years as Sauber's title sponsor, with the Swiss team strengthening its Ferrari ties, having cancelled its planned Honda partnership.

"So it's a great pleasure announcing Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will be our official drivers", said Marchionne, administrator for Fiat who own Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. Instead, the Italian will be Sauber's third driver, effectively meaning he is in a reserve role.

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Giovinazzi will stay as the team's back-up driver and it remains to be seen if Wehrlein moves to Williams - the only remaining team with a vacancy. That was promptly followed by a deal with Ferrari for 2018.

With Sauber teaming up with Alfa Romeo ahead of the 2018 championship, Leclerc was widely tipped to take one of the two Sauber race-seats.

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

Alfa Romeo supplied engines in the 1960s and 1970s and returned as a constructor in 1979 before again withdrawing at the end of 1985.

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