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But a stint as Ferrari reserve gave him time to re-group and reflect ahead of his first full season in 2019, paired alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo. 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. The team initially rebranded to Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for the 2018 season, before competing as Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019 and 2020. Alfa Romeo Racing have confirmed their 2021 Formula 1 driver lineup, and it is set to look the same as their 2019 and 2020 lineups. “The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties,” said team principal Frederic Vasseur. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. Alfa Romeo has extended its deal to apply its branding to Sauber’s Formula 1 team for 2021. Alfa Romeo announces 2021 F1 team: Raikkonen and Giovinazzi to stay on. So in my view, if Ferrari wants to keep Giovinazzi in F1 and promote (at least) Schumacher somewhere, then they should place Schumacher in Alfa Romeo along with Kimi to help him gain experience in 2021 and learn how to ‘lead’ the team after Kimi (presumably) retires before 2022… and place Giovinazzi in Haas so that Haas has at least a ‘known’ quantity that has some experience and pair him with whaterver rookie Haas has in mind. Alfa Romeo has extended its deal to apply its branding to Sauber’s Formula 1 team for 2021. That’s a big story for a team struggling with their current drivers who accomplished practically nothing season after season. 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. “And I am happy this relationship can continue for one more year. 2 months ago . Imagine the MS effect and also know that brings better Ferrari Lumps and that should raise a eyebrow or two of true curiosity. 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. Sauber and Alfa Romeo’s partnership began in 2017, a year after the sale of the team by Peter Sauber and then-team principal Monisha Kaltenborn to investment firm Longbow Finance. Seems like quite a strange decision to keep both drivers. “Nelle ultime due stagioni Alfa Romeo Racing è stata la mia famiglia in Formula 1 – ha commentato Giovinazzi - e sono felice che questo rapporto possa proseguire per un altro anno. They gotta feel optimistic about the good fortune and opportunity this should bring. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. It’s a cool story. 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. This website … Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 world champion, said: 'Alfa Romeo Racing is more than a team to me, it is like a second family. Le Sauber Alfa Romeo di Raikkonen e Giovinazzi sono andate a punti ad Imola al termine di un GP nel quale Kimi ha gestito le gomme in maniera superba ed Antonio è stato autore di un primo … Find out more about the team and our partners. “The team has put a lot of faith in me and I have done my best to repay this confidence with hard work and commitment. I don’t know if they ever led a lap ever. Keeping Raikkonen makes sense in a way. Commonsense would be that Mick [for his development] to be with Kimi in an Italian squad. You would think they would want at least one driver with some F1 experience. Exclusive footage of Räikkönen and Giovinazzi during the test session available at the following link. 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 As a result, Antonio Giovinazzi is set to return to the team … Despite both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi extending contracts with Alfa Romeo, the latter admits he still feels the pressure to prove himself.Alfa Romeo has not touched the heights of last season, but have looked stronger compared to direct competitors Williams and Haas. There is certainly a strong case to be made for the rookie to be joining Alfa Romeo. 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. The name Alfa Romeo boasts Formula 1 connections dating back to the championship’s inception in 1950. Antonio Giovinazzi (right) finished ninth at September's Italian Grand Prix - his best finish in F1. AM signed Vettel for marketing only, clearly indicated by his salaries as a driver and as brand ambassador. Raikkonen is the most experienced driver in F1 history, completing more race starts at 326, which in turn means he has racked up more kilometres in 86,467. Combined with Haas, these two teams like the perfect F1.5 bridge between F2 and F1. They made the grid regularly but that’s about it. Admittedly this kind of thing does not usually matter to F1 teams but maybe for marketing purposes, the current driver line-up is helping the company financially? I’m not totally sure what they’re hoping for from this. However, the group have recently announced a dramatic reversal of that fortune, posting a €1.2 billion profit from the three months ending on September 30th, ahead of a planned merger between the group and Peugeot. Ben Needham (@ben-n) 29th October 2020, 8:15. 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… Who was the best Formula 1 driver of 2020? 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. By. I can’t see the same appeal with Giovanazzi however but I don’t have all the information and data. CONFIRMED: Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi to Stay at Alfa Romeo F1 Next Season. Alfa Romeo announces 2021 F1 team: Raikkonen and Giovinazzi to stay on. “He can be trusted to deliver 100% of what the car can produce and he is a true leader for the people working around him. The pair were both expected to stay with the … Another year of Kimi and Alonso dreadful. Promoted content from around the web | Become a RaceFans Supporter to hide this ad and others, Jesper Mug (@jesperfey13) 29th October 2020, 8:09. Kind of a strange decision to be honest. Alfa Romeo lies eighth in the 2020 constructors’ championship, Raikkonen having scored two points so far this year and Giovinazzi three. Giovinazzi has won three points this season and Raikkonen two. Raikkonen, Giovinazzi retained by Alfa for 2021 Date published: October 30 2020 Alfa Romeo has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will both remain with the team for … Alfa Romeo announced yesterday that is has extended its contract with Sauber Motorsport which means that the Italian marque will retain its naming rights until at least 2021. So my guess is that the new Haas must become a hell of a lot better. 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. Again an odd decision if so. Does this mean Haas are going to have two rookies then in 2021? 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. Phil Norman (@phil-f1-21) 29th October 2020, 10:57. Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here. I do wonder now if this is a kind of political decision. Antonio Giovinazzi is in no doubt Alfa Romeo team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is still "one of the best" drivers racing in Formula 1. McJamweasel (@mcjamweasel) 29th October 2020, 10:39, It’s not called ‘Silly Season’ for nothing…. 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. "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. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain at the Alfa Romeo team for the third consecutive year in 2021. It’s good news for Formula One during these days of the Covis. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo Racing –ORLEN Formula 1 team drivers – participated in a day of real-world tests with Alfa Romeo’s new super sports sedans, the Giulia GTA and GTAm. Could it be video of five hookers in a Chelsea dungeon with SM gear and German uniforms..? A couple months ago I actually thought Alfa would be doing a double driver swap for 2021, didn’t think Kimi would want to drive this Alfa for another year (he already seems kind of fed up this year) and Giovinazzi hasn’t done anything to suggest he’s one for the future either. roodda (@roodda) 29th October 2020, 8:16. Alfa Romeo retain Raikkonen and Giovinazzi partnership for 2021 Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have been confirmed as Alfa Romeo 's driver pairing for the 2021 Formula 1 season. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. 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. Your email address will not be published. Alfa Romeo e Alfa Romeo Sauber Team F1 sono liete di annunciare il ritorno di un pilota italiano nella competizione più avvincente di sempre: Antonio Giovinazzi si unirà a Kimi Räikkönen, campione del mondo 2007, per la stagione 2019 di Formula 1. Nitzo (@webtel) 29th October 2020, 10:37. 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. Invisiblekid (@invisiblekid) 29th October 2020, 19:03. Kimi is not willing to allow Alonso to catch him in the all time number of races started! 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 … Antonio Giovinazzi is in no doubt Alfa Romeo team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is still "one of the best" drivers racing in Formula 1. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. 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’m sure Kimi is not cheap either. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will stay at Alfa Romeo for his second Formula 1 season next year. “Alfa Romeo Racing is more than a team to me, it is like a second family,” said Raikkonen. I would be disappinted if Kimi and Antonio remain at Alfa Romeo for the next season. 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. His talent has been clear to everyone since 2001, and I still see the passion and motivation in him every time I see him at work. This means another Now TV subscription for next season (damn it). So they should better commit to a driver for at least the next two years. Raikkonen, who earlier this month became Formula 1’s most experienced driver, will contest a 19th Formula 1 season. t1redmonkey (@t1redmonkey) 29th October 2020, 15:11. @ben-n As with the speculation with Russell and Williams, this is not likely to be a driving-ability focussed decision. Giovinazzi started two races in 2017 with Sauber. © 2020 Collantine Media Ltd | About RaceFans. Find out more about the team and our partners. Mick Schumacher is currently leading the F2 Championship, ahead of Callum Ilott. He could be worse I suppose but with the available people on the market, keeping him seems an absolutely baffling choice. Alfa Romeo will field Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for a third straight year after confirming an unchanged driver line-up for the 2021 Formula 1 campaign. 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. He has made it clear for some time that the decision to carry on was his to take, and his first lap charge at last weekend’s Portuguese GP indicated that he’s still fully motivated. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi to race on with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN in 2021 Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will extend the relationship with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi to a third season as the driver pairing is confirmed for the team for the 2021 Formula One world championship. See the Comment Policy and FAQ for more.If the person you're replying to is a registered user you can notify them of your reply using '@username'. To each their own; it wouldn’t be the decision I’d make, but clearly the team sees some value in retaining them both. Clearly, the Swiss-based outfit are going with tried and tested mediocrity for yet another year, pouring cold water on […] F1 | GP Abu Dhabi – Qualifiche Alfa Romeo, Giovinazzi: “Il nostro obiettivo è lottare per i punti” Luca Bianco 12/12/2020 Discreta prestazione per Alfa Romeo che ad Abu Dhabi riesce a entrare in Q2 con Giovinazzi… “I am very pleased for the team to continue working with Kimi and Antonio for another season.” said the Frenchman. It’s just odd. Its a no-brainer to have someone like Schwartzmann race for them. 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 @ben-n I’m not sure if they keep Gio because he is italian and there are only limited number of seats available. In a highly anticipated move, despite the recent speculation surrounding Mick Schumacher who is now poised to join Haas, the decision means Raikkonen and Giovinazzi … Not my call.. lol, DaveF1 (@davef1) 29th October 2020, 19:48. 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Italian Giovinazzi has been retained alongside the 2007 season to contest his third full season in F1, with Alfa Romeo opting for continuity for 2021 as it announced its driver plans ahead of … We have laid some solid foundations in the last three season and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”. Raikkonen occasionally shows flashes of the old brilliance, but he himself has been found wanting against Vettel and Alonso in the past. Alfa Romeo has confirmed its current driver line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with the team for a third season. In his second year as the official driver for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team in Formula 1™, the young Antonio Giovinazzi … Circuits. The extension of the deal has been officially confirmed today. 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. Sounds like the younger MS will save Haas on interest alone. 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. Euro Brun (@eurobrun) 29th October 2020, 9:10. Oct.30 - Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will extend the relationship with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi to a third season as the driver pairing is confirmed for the team for the 2021 … It will take Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, into an 18th F1 season. 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. They wouldn’t want to start the new era with two new rookies then who have no experience to fix whatever issues need to be fixed with the car then. Besides being a world champion, he has got nearly 2 decades of experience backing him up. Motorsport.com revealed prior to the Eifel GP that Raikkonen is set to stay at Alfa Romeo … 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. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. Antonio Giovinazzi. chimaera2003 (@chimaera2003) 29th October 2020, 8:33. Giovinazzi… Alfa Romeo Racing have confirmed their 2021 Formula 1 driver lineup, and it is set to look the same as their 2019 and 2020 lineups. In a highly anticipated move, despite the recent speculation surrounding Mick Schumacher who is now poised to join Haas , the decision means Raikkonen and Giovinazzi continue into a third season with the team. Bit of a difference though. “There will be a lot of continuity between this season and the next one, so everything we work on between now and the end of the year will already count for next, and we are ready to give it all we have.”. This is the official F1 Site of Alfa Romeo Racing. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The effects of the global coronavirus pandemic worsened the situation, and Fiat-Chrysler reported a loss of more than a billion Euros in the second quarter of 2020. Its known that Ferrari considers the team as place to breed and nuture new talent in F1. Not entirely sure why tbh. Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021. Team principal Fred Vasseur made it clear that the two drivers form a strong partnership. I think GIO has been pretty disappointing really so I am surprised they are not going to replace him with one the rising F2 stars. 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. Perhaps better to allocate one or more of these to Haas? Indrasish Ganguly. It is expected to confirm current drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with the team for a third season next year. Gio is invisible. Not really. Your email address will not be published. “So many of the faces that were around me when I made my F1 debut in 2001 are still here and the unique atmosphere of this team is what gives me that extra motivation to keep going in what will be my 19th season in the sport, next year. 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 … 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.”. “Antonio finished last year’s campaign strongly and he picked up where he left off and kept improving throughout 2020. Both Haas and Alfa Romeo should think also about 2022 when the new regs kick in. Despite both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi extending contracts with Alfa Romeo, the latter admits he still feels the pressure to prove himself.Alfa Romeo … Alfa Romeo will have an unchanged line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 2021, extending the stay of Formula 1’s most experienced driver. I’m amazed Giovinazzi is expected to retain his seat. bernasaurus (@bernasaurus) 29th October 2020, 11:41, Can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed, Adam (@rocketpanda) 29th October 2020, 12:18. F1 | Alfa Romeo, Antonio Giovinazzi entra in Q2: “Ero convinto di potercela fare” Giovinazzi scatterà dalla quattordicesima piazza; male Raikkonen, che punta tutto sulla partenza 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. Especially when they could have one new guy here and one at Hass. 29th October 2020, 8:0229th October 2020, 12:34 | Written by Dieter Rencken and Hazel Southwell. Giovinazzi, 26, will be entering his third full-time season in the series with Alfa Romeo. Bet your instincts that Haas must feel relief and excitement for this news. Whereas the driver lineup is not confirmed yet, both drivers are making a pretty good job with the underperforming machinery they have. 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. “Alfa Romeo Racing has been my home in F1 for the last two seasons,” said the Italian. He's still seeking his first podium finish in F1. I think Kimi has deliberately eased off post summer break so Gio looks like he has vastly improved so the Italian team has a reason for keeping the useless but only Italian driver! “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in the team’s project, and in what we feel we can achieve together. Phil Norman (@phil-f1-21) 29th October 2020, 11:37. Alfa Romeo looking at Mick Schumacher. “Alfa Romeo Racing has been my home in F1 for the last two seasons,” said the Italian. 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. They kept Gio because Ferrari still believe in him I think. 2 F1 Fan comments on “ Alfa Romeo confirms Antonio Giovinazzi for 2020 ” Pam commented on November 5, 2019 at 06:21. Does the kid have what the old man had?? Fast forward to the 21 st century and Italian flare combines with Swiss sensibilities in a new era … But I can’t see the sense in retaining Giovinazzi, who’s been unimpressive and incident prone since he’s been there. Giovinazzi still feels the pressure. I think for a marketing point of view it is better to have an italian driving an Alfa than some young british bloke (who really has the talent to be in F1), John H (@john-h) 29th October 2020, 11:36. But, Mick will most likely used as a pawn in Ferrari/Haas scenario.