Much has been speculated about the cockpits in the Alfa Romeo in recent weeks. It is often heard that Kimi Raikkonen will end his career and that Antonio Giovinazzi will lose his place because of his achievements. Hot appraisers were also sent into the race with Mick Schumacher and Nico Hülkenberg, but now the team that belongs to the FCA Group has announced the extension of the contracts with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi as drivers for the Formula 1 team Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. The world champion of 2007 from Finland and the young Italian driver also compete 2021 for the team.
Antonio Giovinazzi battle 2018 the first Italian for six years, who went permanently to the Commence in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The today 19 – year-old has since played a decisive role in the positive development of the Alfa Romeo Racing group ORLEN involved. His performance over the past two years has shown an increase, a fundamental factor for success in Formula 1. In the current season, Giovinazzi has particularly distinguished himself in the respective starting phases, where he was able to gain several positions in each race.
The team has been supporting Giovinazzi since 2019 with great determination. For Alfa Romeo, improving performance and striving for better results is a mission, but above all a source of great pride. After all, Alfa Romeo’s bond with Italian drivers is part of the brand’s great history in motorsport. So 1950 Nino Farina was at the steering wheel of the Enormous-Prix-Boliden Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 “Alfetta” the first world champion in the history of Formula 1.
Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy), driver Team Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, start number 99:
“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN has been my home in Formula 1 for two years. I am delighted that this relationship will be at least one more Year lasts. The team has put a lot of trust in me and I’ve done my best to repay that trust with hard work and dedication. We got some good results together. I also feel like I’ve done my part in moving the team forward. But there is much more that modified into we can achieve together. Compared to the current season 2021 in Formula 1 will change little. Everything we are working on until the end of the year 2020 is already paying off for the next season. I’m ready to give everything. ”
Mike Manley, CEO Fiat Chrysler Autos (FCA)
“We are pleased about the extension of Antonio Giovinazzi’s contract with Alfa Romeo Racing in the year of 110. Alfa Romeo’s birthday. His passion and commitment embody the values of our brand. With his solid performances, Antonio Giovinazzi has made a decisive contribution to maintaining the enthusiasm of the followers and making the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team an ambassador for the custom of European technological expertise and the Italian competitive spirit. With Antonio’s contract extension, we expect further progress, both technically and on the track. We want to add new chapters to the long and glorious history of Alfa Romeo in Formula 1. ”
Kimi Räikkönen is the most experienced driver in the current Formula 1 field. The 41 – year old Finn, who 2007 World Champion will continue to bring his incredible mix of skill, racing instinct and technical knowledge to the team. Raikkonen made his Formula 1 debut in the Sauber F1 Team at the Australian Grand Prix 2001. Since then he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment and enthusiasm for the sport.
As one of the most popular Formula 1 drivers with a loyal fan base around the world, Kimi Raikkonen delivers his performance on the one hand on the racetrack. On the other hand, also in conversation with the engineers. His technical recommendations and his impressive feeling for a racing car have made a valuable contribution to the development of the group in the last two seasons.
Kimi Räikkönen (Finland), driver Team Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, start number 7:
“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is for me more than a team, it’s like a second family. Many of the faces I know from my Formula 1 debut in the year 2001 are still here. The unique atmosphere of this group gives me the additional motivation for my 19. Formula 1 season. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in the team and in what we can achieve together, modified into. This is a team that values hard work more than words and that fits my style well. I’m looking forward to next year and hope that I can take a few steps forward with the team towards the top of midfield. ”
The contract extension with Raikkonen and Giovinazzi underscores that Strategy of the group that relies on continuity. Both drivers form a solid and well-coordinated line-up that is a healthy mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm. With this, the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team lays the foundation for the season 2021 and can concentrate on further improving performance.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Director Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“I’m really looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Kimi and Antonio for another season. Kimi is a driver you don’t have to introduce to anyone anymore. His abilities have been clear to everyone since 2001. Every time I see him at work, I notice his passion and motivation. You can rely on the fact that he delivers 99 percent of what modified into the car . He’s also a real leader for the people who work with him. Antonio finished last season with great success. 2020 he continued on this path and improved steadily over the course of the year. From the racetrack to the technical meetings, Antonio played a crucial role for our team, he really earned the new contract for 2021. His work ethic, his dedication to the team and his infectious enthusiasm are a great asset to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. “
Special paintwork for the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna
The contract extensions with Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi come in the run-up to the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, which will take place next weekend in Imola (Italy). The circuit is an important arena for Alfa Romeo and the Italian motorsport tradition alike. The two racing cars of the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN group will have a special paint scheme on this occasion. The Create, designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, honors the followers with an Italian flag on the upper part of the engine cover and on the end plates of the rear wing. This graphic goes perfectly with the regular poke pixel paintwork of the two cars in the season 2020.
Furthermore, this is exclusive Logo for 110. Alfa Romeo’s birthday can be seen in a prominent place, also on the engine cover. Next to it is the writing “Welcome relieve, Imola”, which refers to the return of the iconic race track to the Formula 1 calendar and its importance for Italian racing. From touring cars to sports prototypes to Formula 1 battle, Imola is also the scene of important Alfa Romeo successes.