Alfa Romeo has confirmed that they are to keep their existing driver line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi next year, as Sauber also extend their partnership with the Italian manufacturer.
The pairing of Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, will continue for the third year. The team currently sit 8th in the constructors’ championship after a challenging year.
“Alfa Romeo Racing is more than a team to me, it is like a second family. 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,” Kimi said.
Sauber also announced that they were extending their partnership with Alfa Romeo until the end of 2021. The Italian manufacturer returned to F1 back in 2018, after they had been absent for over 30 years. Originally, the team ran as Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in 2018, but then rebranded to just be Alfa Romeo Racing for 2019, 2020 and now the 2021 season.
Breaking news! 🗞 Kimi and Antonio will stay with the team in 2021 👏
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) October 30, 2020
To celebrate the news, and Alfa Romeo’s 110th anniversary, both cars will run with a special livery change this weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Was it the right decision to continue with both Raikkonen and Giovinazzi. Should Alfa Romeo have given a seat to a new rookie?