Charles Leclerc to race for Sauber alongside Marcus Ericcson in 2018

Formula Two champion Leclerc to lead new Alfa Romeo F1 team

The long-awaited announcement was made by Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne at a presentation of Alfa Romeo's new partnership with the Swiss team on Saturday. 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.

Charles Leclerc has admitted his delight at moving up into Formula 1 in 2018 with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team after being signed alongside Marcus Ericsson.

While Ferrari was weighing up whether it wanted to place Antonio Giovinazzi at Sauber, the team has opted to only secure a Formula 1 race seat for Leclerc, with Ericsson being retained for what will be his fourth season at the team and Pascal Wehrlein losing his seat.

Despite the stronger links to Ferrari, the Italian manufacturer was unable to get its way, with Sauber confirming Leclerc and Ericsson at its launch on Saturday.

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Russian Federation play Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament in Moscow on 14 June, with Egypt and Uruguay making up the other teams in Group A .

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. Instead, the Italian will be Sauber's third driver, effectively meaning he is in a reserve role.

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.

"Formula One is the natural reference point for a marque like this", he said. Ferrari celebrated the 70th anniversary of his first auto this year.

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