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Sauber tipped to finalise driver lineup 'soon'

  • Published on 22 Sep 2017 15:44
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Sauber will reportedly make the call about its 2018 driver lineup soon. Earlier, it looked certain Pascal Wehrlein would lose his seat as team engine supplier Ferrari brings in one of its juniors Charles Leclerc or Antonio Giovinazzi.

Indeed, Sauber has now announced that young Monegasque Leclerc will get four Friday practice session outings at forthcoming grands prix. But he will actually be in the seat of team regular Marcus Ericsson, whose place for 2018 earlier looked safe due to his strong links to the new Sauber owners.

However, it is believed Sauber could in fact accommodate both Leclerc and Giovinazzi next year, or keep Wehrlein at the team as the ideal teammate for Leclerc next year.

Wehrlein said he is letting Mercedes do his negotiating for him. "I am their junior driver," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "I don't feel I would be better off with a personal advisor." The German magazine tipped Sauber to make its decision "by the end of September, beginning of October". (GMM)

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  • Savio

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    Ericsson shouldn't drive in F1, he hasn't talent.

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    • Sep 22 2017 - 16:03
    • Orchide

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      Then Wehrlein should be replaced as well.

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      • Sep 22 2017 - 16:35
    • But he got Manneyyy.

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      • Sep 22 2017 - 17:20
  • Orchide

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    Is it actually decided that he will replace Ericsson for all sessions or just the first?
    Haven't seen any info that LeClerc will replace Ericsson more than FP1 in the upcoming race.

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    • Sep 22 2017 - 16:40
  • mbmwe36

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    As soon as Ferrari tells them what their driver lineup will look like, they'll let the world know...

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    • Sep 22 2017 - 17:16
    • based their recent performances ( both business, racing), it might not be a bad idea.

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      • Sep 22 2017 - 17:19
  • Could those Swedish backers kindly begin to back a Swedish driver that is legit skilled, rather than a richboy? Im not sure if Wirdheim would've been a winner, but looking at his track record he was certainly a card worth betting on. And Rosenqvist isnt exactly shabby. Ericsson is nice and all, but he isnt F1 material.

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    • Sep 22 2017 - 19:22
  • boudy

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    Would be good to see 2 new drivers in sauber. Both drivers would be good for them. Curious....

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    • Sep 23 2017 - 08:14
    • presic

      Posts: 21

      Maybe yes, but TWO Ferrari Protegees is maybe a little bit much!

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      • Sep 23 2017 - 09:19
    • Orchide

      Posts: 82

      All depends on if Ericssonn is getting the Williams seat. Otherwise it will be ERI and LeClerc in Sauber.

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      • Sep 23 2017 - 09:29

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