Oct.31 - Sauber has reportedly decided to drop Pascal Wehrlein from its 2018 driver lineup.

Earlier, amid rumours the Swiss team wanted to keep at least one of its existing drivers next year, it appeared it could be Marcus Ericsson that is shown the door.

But the Swede has strong ties to Sauber's new owners, and Blick newspaper now claims Ericsson is indeed definitely staying in 2018.

He looks set to be joined by Monaco-born Charles Leclerc, a junior driver for Sauber's engine partner Ferrari and the new GP2 champion.

Roger Benoit, the well-connected Blick correspondent, claims the announcement of Leclerc, 20, joining Ericsson at Sauber will be made "in November".

German Wehrlein's future is therefore clouded, with his Mercedes backing said to be running out and only an outside chance of a switch to Williams.

"I have no news yet on this side," the 23-year-old said last weekend in Mexico.

"But there are some discussions going on for next year and I hope we can fix something soon."


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4 F1 Fan comments on “Report: Sauber decides to drop Wehrlein for 2018

  1. Christer Karlsson

    Its allready to many Germans in F1 so Wehrlain can do E as its is the future.
    Its not good for F1 to have many drivers from one country like the Germans and Finns Spain France if F1 wants to grove and have more fans and spectators on the tracks you need drivers from more different countrys like Japan USA Italy India Norway Sweden Portugal Irland... I think only one driver from each country......

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  2. Marco

    Does not matter where they are from, what matters is if they are capable of driving it or not. And "pay driver" for "pay driver", many great names of the past (and future) started in small teams with someone's checkbook, so....

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