LeClerc and Ericsson earn Sauber seats

Formula One Alfa Romeo Sauber unveil new car drivers for 2018 season

While Sauber is not a competitive team and Leclerc will likely struggle to score points by finishing races in the top 10, this will be a great opportunity for him to showcase his driving talent to some of the sport's top teams.

The driver line-up was confirmed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne during a launch event of the new Alfa Romeo Sauber partnership - announced earlier this week - in Milan.

Ferrari was known to be keen on placing both its outstanding junior drivers, Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi, at Sauber for 2018 as part of an expanded technical partnership with the team.

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. The deal is understood to include an agreement for it to take at least one of Ferrari's young drivers next season.

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Wehrlein, who won five points in 2017, is left without a seat, with Williams the only team left with an opening following Felipe Massa's retirement. The Italian auto manufacturer is making a return to the sport after 30-years to sponsor the team. He is clearly deserving of a shot in Formula One.

In a speech, Marchionne also thanked Sauber Holding chairman Pascal Picci and Swedish billionaire Finn Rausing for their support in reaching a deal that should boost a team that finished last overall this year.

Instead, the team will use Ferrari power elements badged with the iconic Alfa Romeo brand.

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