Alfa Romeo boss Frédéric Vasseur has revealed he sees Antonio Giovinazzi become a team leader in the future
Giovinazzi’s current teammate Kimi Raikkonen, with the duo set to embark on a third consecutive season for former Sauber team. Although the 27-year-old Italian hasn’t really shone since joining Alfa Romeo in 2019, his performance and results have improved significantly.
After being largely left behind by Raikkonen in their first season together, 43-14 in world championship points, they were tied 4-4. But Giovinazzi has scored points in three races, compared to two for the 2007 world champion, and he has also gained a reputation for making excellent starts on the grid and steadily gaining places in the first round of races.
We weren’t sure if Giovinazzi and / or Raikkonen, 41, would stay with the team for a third year, but we renewed our confidence in these two drivers who, during their respective careers, have each had a bond. close with Ferrari – supplier of Alfa Romeo engines.
Although the retirement of Raikkonen – now the most experienced Formula 1 driver in history – has been put on hold, at least for now, the hope of Vasseur, the Alfa Romeo team manager, is that Giovinazzi one day becomes a leader.
“I think the next step [pour Giovinazzi] is to get more regularity during the race ”, Vasseur told Motorsport-Total.com. “But he’s made good progress for a while and is improving in all areas. He probably has to take responsibility for the team on his shoulders so that he can make certain decisions. But we are on the right track and he is improving from race to race. And I’m pretty confident for the next season. ”
“If you look at the year 2019, he got a third of Kimi’s points and he edged Kimi six times in qualifying. In 2020, they were tied, they had the same level of points, the same level of performance in qualifying ”.