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Sport Raikkonen and Giovinazzi retained by Alfa Romeo for 2021

13:10  30 october  2020
13:10  30 october  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain together at the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team for a third consecutive season in 2021 . "From the track to the engineering briefings, Antonio has played a crucial role for our team, and he has thoroughly deserved a new contract for 2021 .

Formula One's most experienced driver Kimi Raikkonen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will race on for Alfa Romeo next season, the Swiss-based team said on Friday. Raikkonen , the 2007 world champion who is now 41, holds the records for most races entered (327) and started (324) by any driver in the

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with Alfa Romeo for the 2021 Formula One season, the team announced on Friday.

a group of baseball players standing on top of each other: Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi © Getty Images Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi

The pair will now be team-mates for a third season, during which 2007 champion Raikkonen will celebrate his 42nd birthday, in a move which Alfa Romeo believe "highlights the team's commitment to continuity".

"Alfa Romeo is more than a team to me, it is like a second family," said Raikkonen, who this season surpassed Ruben Barrichello's record of 322 F1 starts.

"So many of the faces that were around me when I made my Formula One debut in 2001 are still here and the unique atmosphere of this team is what gives me that extra motivation to keep going in what will be my 19th season in the sport.

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Alfa Romeo is yet to confirm its 2021 driver line up but widely F1s most experienced driver Kimi Raikkonen is expected to be retained . Sauber and Alfa Romeo have renewed their partnership for the 2021 season giving the FCA owned team naming rights.

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi is willing to try to follow Kimi Raikkonen 's driving style this year because it would be a 'mistake' for him to Giovinazzi has earned a full-time F1 drive at the re-badged Sauber team alongside 2007 world champion Raikkonen , who lost his Ferrari seat to Charles Leclerc.

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe in the team's project and in what we feel we can achieve together. This is a team that values hard work over words and this fits well with my style: I am looking forward to next year and hopefully making some steps forward towards the front of the midfield with the team."

Team principal Frederic Vasseur said of Raikkonen: "I still see the passion and motivation in him every time I see him at work. He can be trusted to deliver 100 per cent of what the car can produce and he is a true leader for the people working around him."

Alfa Romeo go into this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix eighth in the constructors' standings with five points – 72 fewer than AlphaTauri in seventh.

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An announcement on Raikkonen and Giovinazzi is expected soon. Alfa Romeo are eighth in the constructors' championship with five races remaining in 2020 and have Alfa and Sauber are in talks about extending their partnership into the period beyond 2021 but no agreement has yet been reached.

Giovinazzi would not be partnering 2007 world champion Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo without his Ferrari link, but the Italian has not had the same career momentum or hype as Leclerc. Former team owner Gian Carlo Minardi has said, on his official website

Giovinazzi said: "The team has put a lot of faith in me and I have done my best to repay this confidence with hard work and commitment: we have achieved some good results and I feel I have done my part to make the team progress, but the road ahead is still long and there is much more we want to achieve together.

"There will be a lot of continuity between this season and the next one, so everything we work on between now and the end of the year will already count for next, and we are ready to give it all we have."

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