At Alfa Romeo, we take the same ones and start over. Finnish veteran Kimi Räikkönen, 41, and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, 26, will drive for the Italian team again in 2021, for the third consecutive season, the F1 team said in a statement on Friday. "This announcement underlines the team's desire for continuity (while the single-seaters will remain the same next year to save money before a major regulatory change in 2022, editor's note), Kimi and Antonio constituting a duo of drivers solid and well-matched that offers a healthy mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm, ”says Alfa Romeo (ex-Sauber) in a statement.
Räikkönen, who made his debut in 2001 at Sauber before winning the world title with Ferrari in 2007, therefore decided that his retirement from the circuits could wait. “The unique atmosphere in the team is what gives me that extra motivation to embark on what will be my 19th season in the sport next year. I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe in his project and what we think we can accomplish together ", comments the one who holds the record of 325 GP starts in Formula 1.
Räikkönen: "A team that goes well with my style"
"It's a team that values work more than words and it goes well with my style," adds the Finn, whose silence has earned him the nickname "Ice Man". . I can't wait to see you next year and hopefully get closer and closer to the midfield with the team. " Alfa Romeo is currently, as in 2019, in 8th place (out of ten) in the manufacturers' ranking with 5 points, 3 for Giovinazzi (16th out of 20 drivers) and 2 for Räikkönen (17th).
Mad Vasseur by Giovinazzi
Giovinazzi, who started 35 GPs, including two in 2017 before becoming a starter in 2019, is a product of Ferrari's young driver line-up. "From the track to the technical briefings, Antonio played a crucial role for our team and he perfectly deserved a new contract in 2021, believes his team principal Frédéric Vasseur. His work ethic, his commitment to the team and his infectious enthusiasm are a huge asset. " The announcement comes on the eve of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, 13th out of 17 this season, exceptionally contested over two days instead of three on Saturday and Sunday, on the historic circuit of Imola, Italy.