Sauber F1 Team boss Frederic Vasseur says running Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi or other young drivers in the future ‘would make sense’ for the team, following the news that Scuderia Ferrari is considering building a junior Formula 1 team.
The Swizz based team cancelled it’s engine deal with Honda for next year and instead will continued its long term relationship with Ferrari, with a possibility of the relationship expanding as a customer supplier.
Vasseur started work as team principal at Sauber last month replacing Monisha Kaltenborn, the former Renault Sport Formula 1 Team team principal has solved the issue surrounding next year’s engine at Sauber and now has turned his attention on his drivers, and he has several years of experience with handling young drivers with his ART Grand Prix outfit he set up alongside Nicolas Todt.
“As a team, it would make sense to have someone like Leclerc or other young drivers,” said the Frenchman to Motorsport.com.
Whilst the talk of the possibility of Leclerc joining the team next year, Vasseur assist that taking a Ferrari driver was not part of the engine contract but is open to discussions over the summer break.
“It is a bit too early to speak about drivers, to be honest, We had to close the engine deal quite quickly,” said Vasseur. “It would be a mistake to mix the drivers into the discussion. But we will have the discussion in the next few weeks.”
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne is keen on finding places for Scuderia Ferrari‘s junior drivers Leclerc and Giovinazzi and said the prospect of Sauber becoming a ‘junior team’ is “something we are working on,” and “we need space because we have a couple of young drivers that are exceptional.
“We need to find a place to lay the foundations for the Scuderia Ferrari of tomorrow.”
With the engine deal now complete, doubts have been raised for the future of the current Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein if Ferrari do decide to go ahead with a junior team project.
Regarding a deadline to finalize their driver line-up, Vasseur said that “it will be difficult to do it before September but that could be a good target.”