Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team

As for Ericsson, the Swede was in a battle with Antonio Giovinazzi for the second seat before Sauber opted to stick with what they know.

Sauber announced earlier this week it would be racing as "Alfa Romeo Sauber" in 2018, heralding the return of the Alfa Romeo name to F1 after more than 30 years.

Twenty-year-old Formula Two champion Leclerc was officially added to the team on Saturday
Twenty-year-old Formula Two champion Leclerc was officially added to the team on Saturday

Marcus Ericsson will stay at Sauber next year for the 2018 Formula 1 world championship. During the event, a previous generation F1 auto was unveiled featuring a red and white livery and a prominent Alfa Romeo badge (above, with Leclerc and Ericsson).

Ferrari-backed Leclerc, 20 and from Monaco, had been expected to get the Sauber drive after a dominant season in the official feeder series.

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Giovinazzi will be the reserve driver instead, taking part in Friday practice sessions. The deal is understood to include an agreement for it to take at least one of Ferrari's young drivers next season.

"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".

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With this confirmation, just one seat remains on the F1 grid for 2018 as Williams continues to consider who will replace Felipe Massa and partner Lance Stroll next year.

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

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United next visit Watford , who are eighth on the league table after an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday. The £90m summer signing from Everton has scored 13 goals this season but only one in his last 10 appearances for United.

"I think obviously we're starting from quite far behind because we had a hard season, but I think we have the potential to take a good step forward".

  • Israel Montgomery