Wehrlein to step aside for Leclerc in FP1
8 November 2017 – Sauber has confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein will step aside for Charles Leclerc's fourth and final FP1 run at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Ferrari-backed Formula 2 champion Leclerc has linked up with Sauber for a quartet of practice runs, replacing Marcus Ericsson in Malaysia and Mexico, and Wehrlein in the United States.
Wehrlein will return to the C36-Ferrari for the remainder of the weekend's action at Interlagos.
Leclerc, who conducted two days of tyre testing in Mexico last week, is set to be one of three youngsters backed by a leading Formula 1 team to carry out practice running on Friday.
Mercedes-backed GP3 champion George Russell will make his Formula 1 weekend debut in FP1 in place of Sergio Pérez at Force India, with the Briton also set for an outing in Abu Dhabi.
At Haas, Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi is scheduled for the sixth of seven planned outings, replacing Kevin Magnussen.