Following the news this morning that Kimi Raikkonen and Charles Leclerc will effectively swap racing seats next season, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team have issued a statement expressing their delight in seeing Kimi return to the team, whist also congratulating Charles LeClerc on his ‘promotion’ to Ferrari;
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Kimi Räikkönen will join the team from 2019. The 2007 Formula One World Champion has signed for the next two seasons.
In his career, Kimi Räikkönen has secured 20 Grands Prix wins and 100 podiums, making him one of the most highly regarded drivers in the history of the sport. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team looks forward to the arrival of the Finnish driver, with whom the team shares the common goal of achieving ambitious results.
“Signing Kimi Räikkönen as our driver represents an important pillar of our project, and brings us closer to our target of making significant progress as a team in the near future. Kimi’s undoubted talent and immense experience in Formula One will not only contribute to the development of our car, but will also accelerate the growth and development of our team as a whole. Together, we will start the 2019 season with a strong foundation, driven by the determination to fight for results that count.”
On Charles LeClerc
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team would like to congratulate Charles Leclerc on his fantastic step of joining the Scuderia Ferrari from 2019, and wishes him the best for his future in our sport. During his first season in Formula One, the twenty-year-old Monegasque driver has given the Swiss team great satisfactions. Together they will continue working to progress throughout the final part of the season.
Frédéric Vasseur, CEO of Sauber Motorsport and Team Principal of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team:
“It has been a great pleasure to support Charles Leclerc in his rookie year in Formula One. Since his arrival, he has given the team great motivation as well as satisfactions. We have constantly improved and we will work hard until the end of this season to achieve the best possible results together. We know well Charles’ talent and we are confident that he will have a bright future. We will keep on following him closely and we wish him the best on his path”.