Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi is cheerful to continue having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate in 2021, believing the Finn’s reliable ride will likely be key to his like pattern.
Following mid-season speculation that Alfa Romeo would possibly possibly possibly well change one or extra of its drivers, the Swiss team confirmed leisurely October that every Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi would terminate on for the 2021 F1 season.
That design 2021 often is the third consecutive season Giovinazzi and 2007 world champion Raikkonen will produce a driver partnership on the Hinwil team.
Giovinazzi and Raikkonen every accomplished on four facets as Alfa Romeo accomplished a lowly eighth within the 2020 constructors’ championship, with Giovinazzi narrowly outqualifying the Finn by nine to eight.
Giovinazzi, who is preparing for his third full F1 season with Alfa Romeo following a rapid 2017 cameo for Sauber, believes Raikkonen’s presence on the team will continue to succor him originate as a driver.
“[With] Kimi all all over again beside me next season I believe I’m able to soundless attain one other step,” Giovinazzi told Autosport.
“This is also in actuality well-known to look him on legend of I believe, devour I’ve acknowledged in most cases, he’s soundless one in all the most attention-grabbing on the grid, especially on the traipse tempo and managing the traipse. I am joyful to continue with him.”
Over the course of the 2020 season 41-yr-outmoded Raikkonen officially grew to turn out to be the most skilled driver in Formula 1 history with 329 begins.
In his 2019 debut season Giovinazzi would in most cases mimic the skilled Finn’s design all over a large prix weekend.
Throughout his sophomore campaign on the different hand, with a full season of F1 underneath his belt, the 27-yr-outmoded Italian began charting his like course.
“After I came right here [in 2019] I attempted to point of interest extra on Kimi’s facet,” Giovinazzi defined.
“To gaze what he was doing and why he was doing [it]. And within the terminate I repeatedly followed him I’d relate.
“Nonetheless [in 2020] I’d obtained extra ride and I know what they need and what I devour extra – especially within the diversified tracks and diversified conditions.
“Experience makes pretty heaps of distinction in every class, perchance extra in Formula 1.
“I believe I will in actuality feel extra ready as properly next season, after two years, and after powerful extra races.
“I handsome desire to in actuality feel extra ample with all the pieces with the automobile, with the team.
“It was all all over again an even step this season, however I believe next yr I will in actuality feel all all over again powerful extra confident.”
Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur told Autosport he was joyful with Giovinazzi’s development all over his 2nd season with the team and hopes the Italian can turn out to be extra of a team leader in 2021.