Ferrari Signs Leclerc, Sends Raikkonen to Alfa Romeo-Sauber

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    Ferrari Signs Leclerc, Sends Raikkonen to Alfa Romeo-Sauber

    Official: Ferrari Signs Leclerc For 2019, Sends Raikkonen To Sauber
    BY SERGIU TUDOSE
    SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
    carscoops.com

    After weeks of speculation, Ferrari has finally pulled the plug on the Kimi Raikkonen era, sending the 38-year old former 2007 F1 champion to Sauber in exchange for 20-year old Charles Leclerc.

    Despite this being a major downgrade for Raikkonen, the “trade” between the two outfits should benefit both, as Leclerc is one of Formula 1’s most promising young stars, while Raikkonen’s experience should help Sauber during their rebuilding process.

    “It has been a great pleasure to support Charles Leclerc in his rookie year in Formula One,” said Alfa Romeo Sauber team boss Frederic Vasseur. “Since his arrival, he has given the team great motivation. We have constantly improved and we will work hard until the end of this season to achieve the best possible result together. We are aware of Charles’ talent and 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.”

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    Re: Ferrari Signs Leclerc, Sends Raikkonen to Alfa Romeo-Sauber

    If I were Kimi, I'd probably be insulted for being sent to Sauber. However, he seems very gracious and classy about the whole thing.

    On Twitter he posted: "Guess who's back? Next two year with @SauberF1Team ahead! Feels extremely good to back where it all began"

    Kimi Raikkonen Twitter Post
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    Re: Ferrari Signs Leclerc, Sends Raikkonen to Alfa Romeo-Sauber

    Raikkonen may be looking forward to being #1 driver and not always riding shotgun for Vettel - and he still gets a Ferrari engine behind him, the most powerful on the grid at present - he also gets a management role and part-ownership of Sauber when his 2 year driving contract ends https://www.gpfans.com/en/articles/2...auber-in-2019/

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