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2018-09-13 06:45

Image: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP

Antonio Giovinazzi has emerged on pole position to be Kimi Raikkonen's team mate at Sauber next year.

Currently, the Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc's team mate at the Swiss team is Marcus Ericsson, a driver with strong backing and links to Sauber's owners.

Changes afoot

"It's no secret that I want to stay in Sauber, but I know the coming races will be very important for me," said Ericsson.

READ: Giovinazzi keeping eye on Sauber seat

Multiple authoritative media sources say Italian Giovinazzi, the next best Ferrari junior in the Maranello team's development academy, will get the drive.

"Giovinazzi is a really good driver and a big talent. Let's see how much Ericsson's dollars weigh or whether it will be Alfa Romeo taking more of the decision making power.

It would be great if Giovinazzi's talent was to win over the other things," racing driver Toni Vilander, a Finnish Formula 1 pundit, is quoted by Finland's Ilta Sanomat.

Meanwhile, another Finnish pundit, former F1 driver Mika Salo, thinks Monaco-born Charles Leclerc could push Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next year.

"If you look at Charles' career, he always controlled the situation. I do not expect him to struggle at Ferrari. I would not even be surprised if he was ahead of Sebastian," Salo told MTV.

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