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Leclerc: Keeping Sauber secret 'difficult'

Charles Leclerc (MON) Sauber F1 Team. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Mexican GP 2017.
Charles Leclerc (MON) Sauber F1 Team. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Mexican GP 2017.

Dec.6 - Charles Leclerc admits it was "difficult" to keep F1's worst kept secret in the second half of the 2017 season.

Most F1 insiders suspected the Monaco-born 20-year-old would make his debut in 2018, and it was finally made public along with Sauber's Alfa Romeo deal a few days ago.

Asked how hard it was to keep it all secret, Leclerc admitted to Blick newspaper: "It was pretty difficult!

"Of course, I heard all of the rumours too, but it was also stressful because nothing was official. I really didn't know for sure until the last day of testing in Abu Dhabi," he said.

Sauber was F1's slowest team in 2017, but Ferrari junior driver Leclerc says he is confident for next year.

"I'm really looking forward to the first race and also that I am involved in the return of Alfa Romeo. Everyone with a passion for F1 knows that Alfa has set some milestones in the sport," he said.

There is some debate about who the 'number 1' at Sauber will be next year: Leclerc with his Ferrari links, or Marcus Ericsson, who is closely tied to the team's owners.

Asked about that, Leclerc said: "I will just focus on myself and my job.

"We get the new Ferrari engine, which will be a big step forward. Hopefully it's the same for the car. Then I hope we can play a role in the season."

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2 thoughts on “Leclerc: Keeping Sauber secret 'difficult'

  1. Marco

    Do not know why everybody keeps saying that Alfa is back. The name Alfa is back, in a re-badged Ferrari motor. It is the same as saying that Tag Heuer is making motors now. I just hope that the new agreement for 2021 P.Us., opens for new and old names return to F1, but with works, not only names/$.

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  2. ChristerKarlsson

    Alfa is a FIAT in all aspects since long ago. It would be more fair to put FIAT on the side of the car as Ferrari did. Ferrari and Alfa is just old brands own by FIAT.

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