Handed a Sauber race-seat for next year’s championship, Charles Leclerc says his goals for 2018 are to gain experience and prove his worth.
On Saturday Sauber confirmed that the 20-year-old will race alongside Marcus Ericsson in 2018.
Leclerc’s promotion comes on the back of a dominant campaign in Formula 2 during which he claimed seven race wins.
His performances saw the Ferrari protege linked to a Sauber race-seat while the Swiss team’s new link up with Alfa Romeo cemented his place at the team.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Ferrari for their support,” said Leclerc.
“I would also like to thank Sauber for their trust and confidence in me as a driver, and look forward to joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming season.
“It was a great experience to drive a few FP1 sessions and tyre tests for the Sauber F1 Team in 2017, during which the team welcomed me straight away.
“It is a great working environment, and I already feel confident and comfortable here.
“In 2018, my aim will be to gain more experience in Formula One, and to bring as much value to the team as possible in return.”
What a day !!! I will be racing with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship. Thanks to everyone who helped me to get there. A lot of work to do and will give my absolute best on track next year. See you all in Melbourne 😬 pic.twitter.com/9ETKQowpwx
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) December 2, 2017