Raikkonen, who earlier this month became Formula 1’s most experienced driver, will contest a 19th Formula 1 season. "From the track to the engineering briefings, Antonio has played a crucial role for our team, and he has thoroughly deserved a new contract for 2021. The Sauber-run team will continue to carry Alfa Romeo brandingRaceFans understands Alfa Romeo and Sauber’s contract included an option to end their partnership after the current season. Personally I’m not keen on the Alfa Romeo ‘branding’, as it’s basically a Sauber wearing an Alfa Romeo hat – it’s not actually the manufacturer at all. Commonsense would be that Mick [for his development] to be with Kimi in an Italian squad. Giovinazzi concedes he went from hero to zero after two races as a stand-in for Sauber in 2017 when a brilliantly composed F1 debut in Melbourne was followed by two shunts in Shanghai. What I mean is Alfa Romeo and its parent are Italian related companies. Not really. Alfa Romeo looking at Mick Schumacher. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. They made the grid regularly but that’s about it. I had expected one to leave at least. Motorsport.com revealed prior to the Eifel GP that Raikkonen is set to stay at Alfa Romeo in 2021, but the team was still undecided on his teammate. He's still seeking his first podium finish in F1. It is expected to confirm current drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with … Alfa Romeo has confirmed its current driver line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with the team for a third season. It’s just odd. There are other drivers available but he’s doing a solid job and his feedback is probably very helpful. Indrasish Ganguly. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. Imagine the MS effect and also know that brings better Ferrari Lumps and that should raise a eyebrow or two of true curiosity. “Antonio finished last year’s campaign strongly and he picked up where he left off and kept improving throughout 2020. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have been confirmed as Alfa Romeo's driver pairing for the 2021 Formula 1 season.. The name Alfa Romeo boasts Formula 1 connections dating back to the championship’s inception in 1950. Will it look good for an Italian company to dump one of their own young drivers to be replaced by a German, a Russian or a British driver. Phil Norman (@phil-f1-21) 29th October 2020, 8:44. The Italian, who on Friday was confirmed at the Swiss team for 2021 , made up six places … Its a no-brainer to have someone like Schwartzmann race for them. Motorsport.com revealed prior to the Eifel GP that Raikkonen is set to stay at Alfa Romeo … Alfa Romeo have rocked the Formula 1 paddock by confirming that their driver line-up for 2021 will remain unchanged, with well-past his prime veteran Kimi Raikkonen and underachieving Antonio Giovinazzi remaining with the Ferrari powered team. “Alfa Romeo Racing has been my home in F1 for the last two seasons,” said the Italian. If that remains true, I can’t understand why they are persisting with him when they have so many other young drivers looking for seats. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Raikkonen, who became the sport’s most experienced driver of all time earlier this year, will start his 19th season in Formula 1 Not my call.. lol, DaveF1 (@davef1) 29th October 2020, 19:48. Giovinazzi has had mixed fortunes this year, but he scored points in the Austrian and Eifel GPs, and has clearly done enough to maintain the support of Ferrari, despite the strength of the Maranello marque’s Academy drivers who are coming through the ranks. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I can see Kimi being bled dry doing a LOT more Alfa Romeo advertising as a result of this (same goes for Vettel with Aston Martin). I can’t see the same appeal with Giovanazzi however but I don’t have all the information and data. “Alfa Romeo Racing is more than a team to me, it is like a second family,” said Raikkonen. Giovinazzi still feels the pressure. The team initially rebranded to Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the 2018 season, before competing as Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019 and 2020. Giovinazzi is clearly not the next big thing at this stage and Ferrari have three (and more) exciting talents in Formula Two waiting for the chance to prove themselves at the top level. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will stay at Alfa Romeo for his second Formula 1 season next year. The team is expected to retain its current driver line-up for Raikkonen, who became the most experience F1 driver in history this year, and Giovinazzi, who will start his third full season in F1. I’m not totally sure what they’re hoping for from this. GIO is always under the radar but if you look well he is having quite a solid season. Perez's options now appear to be Williams and Red Bull Racing. Reviewing videos of Imola starts in other categories helped Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi to pull off a charging first lap in the Emilia Romagna GP. At Haas if they bring in two rookies in 2021, they might find it difficult to fix the issues with the car in 2021 and help those rookies gain some valuable experience for 2022. 2 months ago . Your email address will not be published. I’m sure changing drivers is not an easy thing to risk, but there are better drivers than Gio, and cheaper as good drivers than Kimi. Fiat-Chrysler, which owns the Italian manufacturer, wrote off €941 million from Alfa Romeo and Maserati in 2019, in order to restructure the brands for electrification. Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion who is now 41, holds the records for most races entered (327) and started (324) by any driver in the history of the sport and is the oldest on the starting grid. Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free. This is a team that values hard work over words and this fits well with my style: I am looking forward to next year and hopefully making some steps forward towards the front of the midfield with the team.”. There is certainly a strong case to be made for the rookie to be joining Alfa Romeo. Promoted content from around the web | Become a RaceFans Supporter to hide this ad and others, Jesper Mug (@jesperfey13) 29th October 2020, 8:09. As a result, Antonio Giovinazzi is set to return to the team … Gio is invisible. bernasaurus (@bernasaurus) 29th October 2020, 11:41, Can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed, Adam (@rocketpanda) 29th October 2020, 12:18. Alfa Romeo retain Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for F1 2021 Kimi Raikkonen to race beyond his 42nd birthday with Alfa Romeo as team … Kimi is not willing to allow Alonso to catch him in the all time number of races started! In his second year as the official driver for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team in Formula 1™, the young Antonio Giovinazzi is ready to push further. It’s good news for Formula One during these days of the Covis. 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Read more about Dieter Rencken, find all their articles and get in touch with them, Read more about Hazel Southwell, find all their articles and get in touch with them, Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here, Become a RaceFans Supporter to hide this ad and others. Not entirely sure why tbh. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi Both Stay With Alfa Romeo F1 for 2021 By Máté Petrány, The Drive 10/30/2020 Today in D.C.: Headlines to start your Monday in D.C., Maryland and Virginia Raikkonen broke the record for most grand prix starts by one driver in Germany when he started his 323rd race, breaking the previous record held by Rubens Barrichello. Could be worth noting that in the current covid world, Ferrari could do a lot worse than keep their current reserve driver (who has two years race experience) in an active seat. t1redmonkey (@t1redmonkey) 29th October 2020, 15:11. I’m sure Kimi is not cheap either. He doesn’t lack talent nor ambition and in 2020 he will demonstrate it again behind the wheel of Giulia number 99, his single-seater. Does this mean Haas are going to have two rookies then in 2021? All comments are moderated. Another year of Kimi and Alonso dreadful. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain at the Alfa Romeo team for the third consecutive year in 2021. F1 | GP Bahrain – Le libere dell’Alfa Romeo, Giovinazzi: “Contento del ritmo sul passo gara” Elia Aliberti 05/12/2020 I due piloti dell’Alfa Romeo contenti di aver effettuato diversi giri e di aver … Il 25 settembre 2018 viene ufficializzato come pilota titolare della Alfa Romeo Racing per il 2019 insieme a Kimi Räikkönen.Dopo una prima parte di stagione difficile, al Gran Premio d'Austria coglie il suo primo punto in Formula 1… Motorsport.com revealed prior to the Eifel GP that Raikkonen is set to stay at Alfa Romeo … Kimi Raikkonen remains one of the very best drivers in Formula 1.. That is the claim of the 2007 world champion's Alfa Romeo teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, who like Raikkonen was recently … It will take Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, into an 18th F1 season. So it’s better, not just to have an experienced driver coming in ahead of 2022, but someone who’s been at least a year with the team and knows how it operates to make the transition smooth. I don’t know if they ever led a lap ever. But I can’t see the sense in retaining Giovinazzi, who’s been unimpressive and incident prone since he’s been there. The only logical explanation that no one has picked up on yet, is that GIO has something serious on Vasseur that he threatens to make public. Alfa Romeo announces 2021 F1 team: Raikkonen and Giovinazzi to stay on. Kimi Raikkonen is the most formidable driver on the grid. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in the team’s project, and in what we feel we can achieve together. 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So many decent drivers Ferrari could promote, you would’ve thought they’d be itching to get rid of him to try out the new generation but I guess none of them are Italian which is about the only thing Antonio has going for him. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Antonio Giovinazzi (right) finished ninth at September's Italian Grand Prix - his best finish in F1.

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