Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur believes his team has the “perfect” driver line-up in rookie Charles Leclerc and established driver Marcus Ericsson.
“I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie,” said Vassuer as the team revealed its new car for the upcoming season.
Ericsson made his F1 debut with Caterham in 2014 and has driven for Sauber since then. He has started 76 grands prix but hasn’t scored a point since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix.
“He is a valuable part of the team and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback,” said Vasseur. “As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula One grid this season.”
Leclerc, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, is the first driver to have won back-to-back championships in GP3 and Formula Two (formerly GP2). The 20-year-old has also made eight F1 practice appearances with Haas and Sauber over the last two seasons.
Leclerc is one of two drivers who will be making their grand prix debuts in Australia next month, the other being Williams’s Sergey Sirotkin.
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