The big change at Sauber took time to unfold. The purchase by Longbow Financial, the ousting of Monisha Kaltenborn and acquisition of Fred Vassuer. The near-miss engine deal with Honda that was canceled at the eleventh hour and supplanted with Ferrari that ultimately turned into a full team sponsorship and name change to Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
It hasn’t been easy but in the long run, it is/was the right move. Now the team have released a concept livery and they have announced that Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson will be the drivers for 2018 with Antonio Giovinazzi as the third driver displacing Pascal Werhlein.
It will be Ericsson’s fifth year in F1 and Leclerc’s first. Leclerc and Giovinazzi come to Alfa Romeo Sauber naturally as Ferrari junior driver academy talent and if rumors are to be believed, Ericsson’s ties with Longbow Financial have assured him the remaining seat.