Alfa Romeo could replace Raikkonen and Giovinazzi in F1 for 2022


Following the Swiss-based team’s new agreement with the Italian manufacturer, boss Fred Vasseur has been given carte blanche to call on whoever he wants on the team in 2022.

But despite Raikkonen’s star attraction and Giovinazzi’s improved form, he hasn’t ruled out looking completely elsewhere.

Asked during the British Grand Prix if it was essential to keep at least one driver for a bit of continuity, Vasseur replied: “It could be a point, but it is not necessary.

“We can say that it’s always good to have a kind of continuity in the team, because at least we have a reference and we can compare with the feeling of the previous year and blah, blah. But let’s see.

“We will make the choice when it is the right time to do so. We could keep the same line-up or we could change, but everything is open.

“I think it’s also quite comfortable for the team to have everything opened up. It’s good for Antonio and good for Kimi. I don’t feel like being under pressure is inherently bad. I think we need the pressure to perform and I don’t want it to be an easy world.

Vasseur confirmed that both drivers were out of contract at the end of this season, and also that there was no option on Raikkonen’s side for him to claim a seat for 2022.

“There is no option. No contract. It means it’s an open discussion, ”he said.

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport images

And although he says Giovinazzi’s solid form puts him in a good position to continue, Vasseur was clear he still wanted to see more of the Italian.

“Antonio is on the list for sure,” he said. “He’s part of the family. He’s improving, he’s done a good job [at Silverstone] again, and it will be at the top of the list for next year.

“Now I want to see more improvements and more results in the race. Everyone’s under pressure. I’m under pressure, engineers are under pressure, riders have to be under pressure. It’s a world of pressure. .

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Vasseur added that he was in no rush to make a decision and would wait for the top teams to fall into place before he started making an appeal on what he would do.

“We will see how the market evolves,” he explained. “I think, as usual, the system will fill the places at the top. This means Mercedes must make a decision, and then Red Bull must make a decision. Then like a domino, at some point we will have opportunities on the table and we will make a decision at that point.


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