Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi will continue to drive for Alfa Romeo next season even though several drivers have been linked with a place in the team for 2021, the team confirmed ahead of the race in Imola. The day after it was confirmed that Sauber and Alfa Romeo are continuing their collaboration, which extends beyond Formula 1, the Swiss team has confirmed that it will keep the same drivers next year.
Raikkonen made his debut at Sauber Petronas, which used a year-old Ferrari engine branded under the name Petronas, in 2001 and won a point in the first race in Australia after which he moved to McLaren in 2002 to replace Hakkinen.
Kimi Raikkonen, who is already a veteran, thanked his team and believes that they are one big family that he still does not want to leave, and the question is when he will make such a decision. However, this will not happen soon.
He showed how much he loves and respects his team, which he joined back in 2001 when he was anonymous, and after that he showed everyone how good a driver he is and how much he has progressed over the years.
Raikonnen on his team
“Alfa Romeo Racing for me is more than a team, like a second family,” Raikkonen said.
"There are so many celebrities who were there when I made my debut in F1 in 2001, and the atmosphere is unique and that gives me extra motivation to continue in the 19th season in this sport." Alfa Romeo will have serious plans for the next season and will try to win as many points as possible and achieve the best possible ranking.
They believe Raikonen is still the best choice for something like that. Raikonen also shares the same opinion with them "I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe in this project and in what I think we can accomplish together."
On the eve of his home race, Giovinazzi expressed satisfaction that he will continue his career in the same team. Giovniazzi, just like Raikonen, is pleased that he will be able to play for Alfa Romeo again and have a colleague like Raikonen with him.
He has shown that he believes in this team and that he expects even better results in the future “Alfa Romeo Racing has been my home in F1 for the past two years,” Giovinazi said. "I am happy that our relationship will continue for another year."
"The team believes in me very much and I did my best to give it back to them with hard work and dedication."