15:36 – Ferrari-backed Charles Leclerc will use 16 as his permanent number when he graduates to Formula 1 with Alfa Romeo Sauber in 2018, the outfit has confirmed.

Leclerc had long been tipped to make the step up to Formula 1 after storming to the Formula 2 title as a rookie, taking eight pole positions and seven victories along the way.

Following runs with Haas in 2016, Leclerc made several practice and test outings with Sauber over the second half of the 2017 season, most recently in Abu Dhabi last week.

He was subsequently announced as a driver during a launch at the Alfa Romeo museum.

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