Just 24 hours after the mutual consent agreement with Honda to end the 2018 engine deal Sauber have announced a new deal with Ferrari for next season.
The Swiss side have announced the new multi year deal with the Scuderia that will also see them get access to the latest spec engines as well. The current deal has seen the team using year old engines supply, thus missing out on the latest upgrades from Ferrari.
The deal also leave the door open for McLaren to possibly return to Mercedes to end their own woes with Honda. There was rumour that Sauber might look to the German manufacturer for an engine supply but the new Ferrari deal sees that possibility end.
“I am very pleased to confirm that we will continue to work with Scuderia Ferrari as our engine supplier in form of a multi-year agreement,” said new Sauber boss Frederic Vasseur of a partnership which started in 1997.
“The shared experience between the Sauber F1 Team and Ferrari has built a strong foundation, which will allow us to move forward swiftly and efficiently, also in terms of the development of the 2018 car.
“I am convinced that together we can achieve the results which reflect the passion and determination that is, and always has been, behind the Sauber F1 Team.”
Some initial rumours also suggest that, as mentioned in yesterday’s article about the Honda termination, that either Antonio Giovinazzi or runaway F2 title leader Charles Leclerc, both in Ferrari’s Driver academy, will also be placed in a race seat for next year with Pascal Wehrlein likely to make way due to Marcus Ericsson’s sponsors being close to the team and the current owners. Wehrlein is also a Mercedes backed driver but it would be hard to see where the young German would be placed at the moment if this was to happen.
Leclerc is well known to Vasseur after the youngster drove for the Frenchman’s ART team en-route to winning the GP3 title last year and this could be key even though Giovinazzi stood in for Wehrlein in the early races this season while the German recuperated from his Race of Champions crash.
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