Sauber waiting on Ferrari Raikkonen/Leclerc call for '19 F1 line-up

Sauber says it will wait for Ferrari to decide what to do with Charles Leclerc and Kimi Raikkonen before it makes a call on its second 2019 Formula 1 driver

Sauber waiting on Ferrari Raikkonen/Leclerc call for '19 F1 line-up

The Swiss outfit has free choice over one of its seats but, as part of the team's title-sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari has the right to nominate who takes the other.

It is understood that a decision on this front only has to be made by October 15.

Ferrari is currently finalising whether Raikkonen or will be Sebastian Vettel's team-mate next year.

Once the call on Raikkonen is made, the Italian team will then decide whether Leclerc stays at Sauber or is moved to Haas, with Antonio Giovinazzi then being slotted in as his replacement.

While that situation remains fluid - especially with growing indications that Raikkonen will stay on board - Sauber team boss Fred Vasseur said it is better for his team to hold back before choosing its second driver.

Asked by Autosport if the team would wait on Ferrari or decide its other seat first, Vasseur said: "We could [choose first], but the line up is important.

"The combination is an important point and it is always much better [to know who both are]."

Pushed on whether he was pressuring Ferrari to make a call as a result, Vasseur added: "I am not pressuring Ferrari at all, I think you are pressuring Ferrari much more than I am.

"I don't know when they confirmed Kimi last year. I think it was much later into the season... it is not because [Daniel] Ricciardo moved that everybody has to take the decision within a week."

Vasseur still thinks it is early in the year for Sauber to need to sort its drivers, and said historically things have been decided much later.

"If you look at the past, we are quite early into the season," he said.

"If you look at last year and the years before, at this stage of the season more or less nothing was done.

"I don't know what happened during the summer, if there was a mosquito or something like this, but [the market] got crazy.

"We have to take it calmly.

"The most important thing for me is to stay focused on the current races, Spa and Monza are two important events for us. I am trying to keep the teams and drivers in the right way, and it is not easy."

Asked if Sauber could even wait until the winter to finalise its line-up, Vasseur said: "When a big part of the pieces of the puzzle are on the table at one stage, you have to close the deal."

shares
comments
Italian GP FP2: Vettel fastest in F1 session delayed by Ericsson crash

Previous article

Italian GP FP2: Vettel fastest in F1 session delayed by Ericsson crash

Next article

Sauber thinks it has found DRS fix after Ericsson's Monza crash

Sauber thinks it has found DRS fix after Ericsson's Monza crash
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Charles Leclerc
Teams Ferrari , Sauber
Author Jonathan Noble
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Plus

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his team-mate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Plus

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight

Formula 1
May 5, 2021
The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Plus

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warmup. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory Plus

How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The ‘big fish’ mentality that kept an Australian legend winning Plus

The ‘big fish’ mentality that kept an Australian legend winning

Frank Gardner was the veteran of just eight grand prix starts. It could have been more, but why waste his talent if the cars weren't up to it? NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls the life of one of racing's great characters

Formula 1
May 2, 2021
Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth Plus

Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth

Jean Todt has signalled that he will not stand for re-election as FIA president. MARK GALLAGHER analyses the strong credentials of one potential successor…

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao Plus

The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying

Formula 1
Apr 30, 2021