The Swiss Formula One outfit Alfa Romeo Sauber have confirmed that Sweden'sMarcus Ericsson and young Frenchman Charles Leclerc will compete for the world title in their rebranded vehicle in 2018.
The line-up was announced at a special press event in Milan, Italy on Saturday, where the team revealed further details of their new title sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, including a revised red and white livery concept for next season's vehicle and a new logo.
That deal, marking the return of the historic Alfa Romeo name to Formula One after a more than 30-year absence, was announced earlier in the week. 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).
Ericsson retains his seat despite failing to score a point in 2017. The Ferrari youngster impressed with a dominant Formula 2 campaign, capping his championship-winning year with victory in the final race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Instead, the Italian will be Sauber's third driver, effectively meaning he is in a reserve role. 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.
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"The motor we use will be the same one Ferrari use", Marchionne said.
"It's an awesome opportunity for me but also for the team", said Ericsson, whose financial support has always been linked to Rausing and the Tetra Laval packaging group.
During a press conference held at Alfa Romeo's museum on Saturday, Leclerc and Ericsson took the wraps off the squad's proposed 2018 livery, which was presented on one of the team's showcars.
"I am very happy to be entering Formula 1 in 2018", said Leclerc.
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