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Sauber snap up Leclerc and secure Alfa Romeo deal

This week, Sauber announced a new partnership with historic Alfa Romeo, as well as signing Formula 2 champion to their team

Sauber has formed a new deal with Formula One legends Alfa Romeo for the 2018 season. Alfa Romeo, as a Formula One team, have great statistics and could provide Sauber with a new life to boost their current lack of form.

From 1950 to 1987 Alfa Romeo won 10 races, took back to back Driver Championships (1950 & 1951) and qualified pole 12 times. Taking their first win at the 1950 British Grand Prix, which happened to be their first ever Formula One entry. They are one of the only teams to have raced before World War 2.

Alfa Romeo are definitely not strangers to Formula One. However, since they left 30 years ago, cars have changed monumentally. All eyes will be on how they adapt to this new challenge and racing fans will be keen to know what they can bring to the grid.

One of the biggest changes comes from who will be behind the wheel of the 2018 car. Marcus Ericsson stays with the team, however, Formula 2 champion, Charles Leclerc joins the team. Leclerc, who had chances to find his feet in the 2017 season during practices, now finds himself with a full-time racing spot. The third driver is the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.

Team principal, Frederic Vasseur commented, “Charles has proven his talent in several racing series, most recently winning the Formula 2 World Championship title. He had the chance to drive in four FP1 sessions and two tyre tests for us this season and convinced the team with his professionalism and charisma.”

The 20-year-old, from Monaco, has big shoes to fill. Shoes once filled by Pascal Wehrlein. Leclerc won’t be alone, his partner in crime Marcus Ericsson will mark his fifth season in Formula One and I’m sure is able to bestow knowledge on him.

Along with the drivers, they also showed off their 2018 livery. Sporting the signature Alfa Romeo red with their iconic logo in white. The white logo matching the rest of the car. A modern and refreshing livery set to catch the eyes of fans.

Will Alfa Romeo be able to return to Formula One and take it by storm?

Feature Image Credit: “The Sauber F1 Team confirms the driver line-up for 2018”

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