Alfa Romeo confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen, at 41, and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will continue into the next season. Now, the bet of the German focuses on Haas.
The Formula 1 pass market is closing and the drivers are getting on the last trains. Meanwhile, there is one who hopes to buy a ticket to sit in some free seat: Mick Schumacher, the son of the seven-time champion and leader of the Formula 2 championship. The German puts all his expectations on Haas now, after Alfa Romeo confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen, at 41, and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will continue into next season.
Alfa Romeo loomed as the first option when it began to speak of an almost certain landing of Schumacher in F1. The team’s relationship with Ferrari and that the 21-year-old is a Ferrari Driver Academy driver allowed the speculation to be closed without major problems. However, that possibility that the German was Raikkonen’s teammate ended this Friday.
“Kimi is a driver who needs no introduction: his talent has been evident to everyone since 2001 and I still see the passion and motivation in him every time I watch him work. He will give 100% of what the car can produce and it is a A true leader to the people who work around him. Antonio finished last year strong and picked up where he left off in 2020. From the track to the engineering briefings, he has played a crucial role for our team and deserved a new contract for 2021. His work ethic, commitment to the team and the enthusiasm he transmits are a great asset for Alfa Romeo, “said Sauber CEO and team principal Frédéric Vasseur.
In this way, the 41-year-old world champion in 2007 will prolong his bond with the team after having become last weekend at the Portuguese Grand Prix the rider with the most Grand Prix participations in history, with 327.
Since making his debut in the ‘Great Circus’ at the hands of Sauber in 2001, the Finn has passed through McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Alfa Romeo. In 2007, in his first year at the Scuderia, he was proclaimed world champion, crowning a record of 21 victories, 103 podiums and 18 poles.
“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is more than a team to me, it’s like a second family. Many of the faces that were around me when I made my Formula 1 debut in 2001 are still here and the unique atmosphere of this team is what It gives me that added motivation to keep going in what will be my 19th season, “Raikkonen said.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in the team’s project and what we believe we can achieve together. This is a team that values hard work over words and this fits my style well: I’m looking forward to the year coming up and hopefully taking a few steps from the middle of the grid up with the team, “he added.
For his part, Giovinazzi, 26, made his Sauber debut in 2017, although it was not until 2019 that he finally got the wheel. “Alfa Romeo has been my home in Formula 1 for the last two seasons and I am happy that this relationship can continue for another year. The team has placed a lot of faith in me and I have done everything I can to return this trust with work. hard and commitment “, aimed.
Now, Mick Schumacher’s aspirations turn to Haas, who last week decided not to renew the contracts of his drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman pointed out that it was “financial reasons” so it would not be strange for the American team to bet on the media impact of having the son of the seven-time world champion and join the Russian Nikita Mazepin, also an F2 pilot, who would arrive with him. economic boost from his father.
Of course, another question also arises in this game of the chair: where will Sergio Checo Pérez race, whose seat at Racing Point (Aston Martin since 2021) was occupied by Sebastian Vettel? Williams, another team where the Mexican could stop, confirmed that George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will continue. “Nothing has changed, and this is our lineup for this and next year. We are happy with them and we are looking forward to working with them on an ongoing basis,” said Acting Chief Simon Roberts.
Could Formula 1 be left without a Latin American representative for the first time in its history? Surely, in the next few days the unknown will be revealed.