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09/11 2018

Charles Leclerc replaces Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in F1 2019

Ferrari turn to youth alongside Sebastian Vettel next season; Raikkonen returns to Sauber on a two-year deal

By Pete Gill

Charles Leclerc will replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2019 as Sebastian Vettel’s new team-mate.

But the Finn will be staying in F1 after signing a deal to rejoin Sauber – where he began his career – for 2019 and 2020 in what is effectively a straight swap of seats.

“Dreams do come true,” Leclerc posted on Twitter. “I’ll be driving for Ferrari for the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship. I will be eternally grateful to Ferrari for the opportunity given.”