One of the more sought after remaining Grand Prix seats has been filled today as Alfa Romeo Sauber confirm Antonio Giovinazzi will partner Kimi Raikkonen next season. Giovinazzi has been touted as a potential Sauber driver seemingly from the very first race of the 2018 season, the 24- year-old Italian being part of the Ferrari young driver scheme and a sometime third driver for the Swiss squad. However, with the surprise move of Raikkonen to the midfield outfit confirmed during the Italian Grand Prix weekend, many expected Sauber to retain Marcus Ericsson once again, the Swede having close links with Longbow Finance, the key financers behind the former Canadian Grand Prix winning outfit. Despite a minor upturn in form for Ericsson in recent weeks, it looks like the Ferrari link won out in the end, with Giovinazzi having been confirmed alongside Raikkonen for 2019 in what is the first all new line up for Sauber since 2014. Ericsson will continue with the outfit next year, having taken a role as third driver and brand ambassador for the steadily improving squad. With Leclerc Ferrari bound and Ericsson stepping aside, Team Principle and Sauber CEO Frédéric Vasseur is understandably delighted with his new line up: “We are very pleased to reveal the complete driver line-up for the 2019 season. We first signed Kimi Räikkönen, an extremely experienced driver who will contribute to the development of our car and will accelerate the progress of our team as a whole. Together with Alfa Romeo, we are delighted to welcome Antonio Giovinazzi, who will take the place of Charles Leclerc. We have already had the opportunity to work with him in the past and he has proven to have great potential. We are very determined and motivated. Our target is to continue progressing and fighting together for positions that count.” Having secured a long awaited full time drive in F1, having made his debut last season in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein, Giovinazzi appears keen to build on what has become a strong reputation in the sport: “I am delighted to be joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. This is a dream come true, and it is a great pleasure to have the chance to race for this team. As an Italian, it is a huge honour for me to represent a brand as iconic and successful as Alfa Romeo in our sport. I would like to thank the Scuderia Ferrari and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for giving me this great opportunity. I am very motivated and cannot wait to start working towards achieving great results together.” With the completion of the 2019 plans now announced, realistically just seats at Williams, Toro Rosso and potentially Haas remain up for grabs, with Racing Point Force India expected to confirm Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez in the coming weeks. For more from the world of Grand Prix racing, don't forget to check out the Formula One forum here at RaceDepartment and get involved in the conversation. Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Twitch Happy to see Gio finally confirmed at Sauber? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!