Runaway Formula 2 Championship leader and Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc will have at least four Friday practice session outings with the Sauber team over the remainder of the 2017 F1 season.

The 19-year-old from Monaco holds a mammoth 59-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings, having claimed five race victories and six out of a possible eight pole positions to-date.

His rapid rise through the junior ranks has been assisted by the Ferrari Academy, who helped place him in four FP1 sessions last year with the Haas F1 Team, which runs customer Ferrari engines.

His upcoming outings with Sauber – which recently confirmed it would remain as a Ferrari customer on a multi-year deal – are widely seen as an audition for a full-time race seat with the Swiss squad next year.

He is slated to drive in FP1 sessions at the Malaysian, United States, Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix which do not clash with his Formula 1 commitments with PREMA Racing. A fifth outing is possible at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, but only if he has wrapped up the Formula 2 title by that point.

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