Sauber Formula 1 team boss Frederic Vasseur has denied rumors of a mid-season team swap between Charles Leclerc and Kimi Raikkonen, after there have been many authentic reports in the media that Ferrari are ready to sign Charles Lerclerc along-side Sebastian Vettel.
Whilst it was understood that Ferrari were most likely to sign the Monegasque ahead of the 2019 Formula 1 season, ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, new rumors from Sergio Marchionne appeared to suggest Ferrari would like to sign the now-Sauber driver earlier than 2019, following Raikkonen’s run of poor Formula 1 results.
However, Sauber Formula 1 boss Frederic Vasseur has denied such rumors, making it clear that nothing has been proposed “on the table” at the Sauber Alfa Romeo team, and Leclerc remains fully committed to the team for the remained of the 2018 Formula One season.
“We have a contract until the end of the season and we didn’t speak so far about the future.” said Vasseur, downplaying rumors of Leclerc making the switch to Ferrari mid-season.
“I can understand we have some rumours in the press but it’s nothing to do with the reality.
“We are focused on our job, Charles is focused on the Sauber project, and the future will be discussed later on.”
The Sauber boss went on to make it absolutely clear to the media: “It didn’t come on the table so far.”
Meanwhile, La Gazzetta Dello Sport have reported that the Ferrari Formula 1 team are closing in on a two-year Formula 1 deal with Charles Leclerc, which will see the now-Sauber driver contracted along-side Sebastian Vettel from 2019 through to the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season, which keep options open for the upcoming 2021 regulation changes.
If successful, the deal could be announced ahead of the German Grand Prix, however there are suggestions Ferrari could do so between the Belgian and Italian Formula 1 races, as it would be more beneficial for the team, going to its home race.