Leclerc set for five FP1 outings with Sauber
2 September 2017 – Ferrari-backed Charles Leclerc is set to make five free practice outings with Sauber later this season, ahead of an anticipated Formula 1 promotion for 2018.
Leclerc, 19, holds a 59-point lead in this year's Formula 2 standings, having claimed six out of a possible eight pole positions, and taken five race victories.
After both Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel renewed their Ferrari deals, Leclerc is hoping to slot in at Sauber, which will again be powered by the Italian manufacturer next year.
Leclerc's manager, Nicolas Todt, has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that the plan is for Leclerc to take part in five Friday practice sessions over the second half of the season.
Although the location of his outings have not been revealed, Leclerc is expected to run in FP1 in Malaysia, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Sauber currently fields Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.