With the summer time breaks approaching, F1 groups are working to finalize their driver’s lineup for the subsequent season both by extending the present driver contract or by signing a brand new driver to be able to reassure their future.
Whereas the 2022 season is an extended methods away, Lewis Hamilton’s contract extension has led to questions in regards to the futures of all drivers who run out of contracts on the finish of this 12 months.
One such driver is Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, and several other imagine that 2021 is his final season in F1.
The truth is, his group boss, Frederic Vasseur, confirms that there are doubts over the Finn’s future within the sport.
Kimi Raikkonen and Alfa Romeo’s future is unsure
Kimi Raikkonen is in his nineteenth F1 season with Alfa Romeo, and given his age, there’s severe uncertainty concerning Finn’s future in F1 subsequent season. Along with his age, Kimi’s efficiency doesn’t assist his case both.
Regardless of having much less expertise than the 2007 world champion, the Italian has out-qualified the Iceman on six out of eight events.
Talking about Kimi’s future with the group, Vasseur mentioned, “Issues are shifting. For positive we’ve got a query mark round Kimi however Antonio is enhancing.
“[On Friday in Austria] he confirmed us that the tempo might be there however he had the lap time deleted. [And he produced] a really robust lap once more this afternoon.”
Formulation One F1 – Formulation One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku Metropolis Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen forward of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.
“However I hope that he’s nonetheless enhancing. And we can assist him additionally to appropriate the small particulars and be at Antonio’s degree in quali quickly.”
Alfa Romeo not eager on drivers enjoyable
Whereas many groups wish to finalize contracts as early as doable to offer them a way of certainty, that’s not the case with Alfa Romeo; they wish to preserve their drivers “underneath strain” unit the top of the season.
Final 12 months too, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi‘s futures had been unsure till the top of October, and the 2 might face an identical wait earlier than their destiny past 2021 is determined by the group.
When requested in regards to the subsequent season’s drivers lineup, Vasseur mentioned, “First, I believe that to maintain the system underneath strain is at all times an excellent factor.
“I don’t wish to commit for a very long time, I don’t wish to say ‘OK guys now all of us loosen up’, I wish to preserve everyone underneath strain. Formulation 1 is all about strain and we’ve got to maintain it like this.”
Formulation One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Alfa Romeo Workforce Principal Frederic Vasseur throughout a press convention FIA/Handout by way of REUTERS
Moreover, Frederic Vasseur believes they’re in no rush to announce the 2022 drivers lineup and can await the F1 giants Mercedes and Crimson Bull’s determination.
“We all know completely that the grid will probably be stuffed from the highest. Mr [Toto] Wolff will make his personal determination after which Mr [Christian] Horner after which at one stage it can come to us. We’re not in a rush to take this sort of determination.”
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