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Sauber Confirms Charles Leclerc Will Participate in Four Practice Sessions

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Charles Leclerc with Sauber

The Sauber F1 team has confirmed that Charles Leclerc will be participating in four of the free practice sessions throughout the rest of the 2017 Formula One season.

Charles Leclerc is the most talked-about young driver on the path to F1 and is currently poised to win the Formula 2 championship. He put in several impressive laps earlier this year during an in-season test and will drive the Sauber C36-Ferrari in the opening sessions at the upcoming Malaysian, United States, Mexican, and Brazilian races.

Leclerc is the current reigning GP3 champion and a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. Ever since Sauber and Honda cancelled their engine supply deal for 2018, leaving Sauber to continue its partnership with Ferrari, Leclerc has been widely tipped for a full-time seat with the former.

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The young Monegasque driver had also tested in four F1 practice sessions in 2016 with the other Ferrari-powered team, Haas F1. Joining four upcoming sessions means Leclerc will be in a Formula 1 car every weekend he isn’t racing for Formula 2. As he is currently leading the championship by 59 points, he could seal the title in the next round of the series at Jerez while the F1 circus heads to Suzuka in Japan.

Sauber’s current drivers are Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein, neither of whom has made a strong impression—particularly Ericsson, though he brings considerable financial support to the team. Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has discussed the possibility of placing both Leclerc and Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi at Sauber for 2018, which would effectively transform Sauber into Ferrari’s B-team, one through which to bring in young, promising drivers—as Toro Rosso is to Red Bull.

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News Source: Sauber F1 Team