Leclerc Given Another F1 Chance
Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc is making a return to an F1 practice session as part of a deal with Sauber.
Leclerc will compete in four of the final six practice one sessions of 2017 between his two races for Prema at Jerez and Abu Dhabi, replacing Marcus Ericsson at Malaysia. His other three periods in the C36 chassis will be in the United States, Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.
These rounds are the only other free opportunities he has as the Jerez F2 round clashes with the Japanese Grand Prix, and Abu Dhabi plays host to the season finale of the category that could be vital for the drivers’ championship versus DAMS’ Oliver Rowland.
Sauber is the third F1 team that Leclerc will have worked with after spending time with Haas and Ferrari – who have him as part of its academy roster – since bursting onto the junior ladder scene by winning the GP3 series in 2016.
Haas fielded the racer in four practice one sessions last season at Britain, Germany, Hungary, and Brazil. Leclerc set the fastest time for Ferrari in the Hungarian in-season test in August, just 1.5 seconds slower than this year’s pole position time by Scuderia colleague Sebastian Vettel.
The Monegasque competitor has also claimed eight wins and 11 pole positions in junior contests during that time.
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