Alfa Romeo will decide on the lineup for next season only at the end of this season because team boss Frederic Vasseur wants to keep his drivers under pressure as it pulls the best out of them. Raikkonen and Giovinazzi currently have one-year contracts with Alfa Romeo that expire at the end of this season, and both have won one point each in the first nine races on the street tracks in Monaco and Azerbaijan.
The Finnish-Italian driving pair has been driving for Alfa Romeo since the 2019 F1 season, and Giovinazzi is more successful in the 7-2 qualifiers this year while Raikkonen is slightly more successful in the 5-4 races. But team boss Vasseur says it’s still far too early to discuss the future of their drivers for next season given that more than half of the championship is left until the end and he doesn’t know how the situation with junior drivers will develop.
"We're still working on it," Vasseur commented. "We've had a bunch of races in the last two or three months and I think we're going to discuss that towards the end of the season, not before."
“It’s always a good thing to keep the system under pressure. I don’t want to commit to a long period, I don’t want to say ‘Okay guys, now you can relax, blah blah blah. We have to keep everything under pressure.
In Formula 1, everything revolves around pressure and we have to maintain that state. ” “Second thing, we don’t know what can happen in the junior series, at the top of the standings, and so on. You don't have to make that commitment today.
" "We know perfectly well that the driver line-up will be filled at the top, that Mr. Toto Wolff will make his decision, and then Mr. Horner, and then at some point, our turn will come." "But no, we are not in a hurry to make such a decision.
Things are changing, we certainly have questions about Kimi, but Antonio is improving and I want to keep the same zeal until the end of the season. ” Raikkonen is the driver with the most appearances in the history of Formula 1 (338), surpassing Barrichello, who was the previous owner of that record (322 appearances), and on October 17, the Finn will turn 42 years old. Alpha certainly already has some plans, but for now they don't want to reveal anything