,,Kimi Raikkonen Will Drive For As Long As He Wants, Never Letting Him Go,,- says team principal boss

For the 2020 Formula One season, Alfa Romeo will be fielding an unchanged lineup of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi. As it turned out, team principal Fredric Vasseur saw little sense in altering the driver line up at the Alfa Romeo team in 2020.

The Alfa Romeo team principal admitted that he was not aiming to attract bigger fish into the team, as they were not what the team needed. Speaking to Blick newspaper, Vasseur stated that he was happy with the performance of his current Alfa duo.

“What good would that be?” Vasseur noted. “I do not want different drivers that are so frustrated after three races with us that they would stop.”

He affirmed that the Swiss-Italian team’s goal is to target sixth or seventh place in the 2020 constructor’s world championship. So the priority is to have two drivers who get along well together and Giovinazzi improved after the summer break, while Kimi Raikkonen could race for them as long as he pleases.

Kimi does a great job for our team, both on the track and in the car development factory. Last season, he scored a large number of points and contributed significantly to our team’s progress. We are happy that the race is for us and it can stay as long as it wants.

Last year, Alfa Romeo took eighth place in the 2019 constructors standings ahead of Haas F1 and the struggling Williams F1 teams. Their best finishes of the year were fourth and fifth with Raikkonen and Giovinazzi at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikknen and Antonio Giovinazzi confirmed for next season

Although the young Italian could only rack up 14 points to Raikkonen’s 43, Vasseur was more concerned about the constructor’s championship.

Looking ahead towards the near future, Fred Vasseur acknowledged that majority of drivers are out of contract at the end of the 2020 season, including both of his wards. To that end, Vasseur is of the opinion that over the course of the coming season, there will be plenty of fodder in the rumor mill regarding the drivers’ seating arrangement in 2021 and beyond.

For now though, Alfa Romeo will be training their focus on the 2020 season, and have been boosted by new recruit, Robert Kubica.


Alfa Romeo is stronger after two days of testing in Barcelona-Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing did not have the best Spanish Grand Prix, but Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen claims if they were to do it again, they’d be “stronger” after completing two days of testing. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth fastest after driving the car on Wednesday. His race in Barcelona was the first time he didn’t score points during the 2019 Formula 1 season.

However, the team lost a significant amount of time on Tuesday as Callum Ilott crashed heavily. The car picked up damage, enough to end their day. But Kimi Raikkonen drove 110 laps the following day to provide the team with lots of data. The Finn’s best time, a 1:17.393, put him 1.6s shy of pace-setter Nikita Mazepin in the Mercedes. In typical Iceman style, he summed the day up well.

It was a pretty good day in the car. After yesterday’s issues, we had to change our testing programme slightly, but we managed to go through all the different things we wanted to try,” Kimi Raikkonen said in an interview on PlanetF1 – “We had the chance to work with different compounds, we worked on the set-up, and we put a few different parts on the car, so it was a busy day. I feel if we did the race weekend again, we’d be stronger than we were.” – the 2007 Formula One world champion concluded.

Alfa Romeo Racing will be back in action on Thursday next week when free practice starts for the sixth round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen sare în apărarea coechipierului său Antonio Giovinazzi

Finlandezul Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) a sărit în apărarea coechipierului său Antonio Giovinazzi spunând că acest a fost judecat pre devreme.

În timp ce Kimi a avut un start de sezon excelent, acumulând în primele 4 curse 12 puncte Antonio Giovinazzi nu a reușit să acumuleze niciun punct încă. Cu toate acestea finlandezul consideră criticile aduse italianului ca fiind neîntemeiate.

Cred că nu a arătat încă tot ce poate, din păcate a avut multe probleme cu mașina- a declarat Kimi pentru Motorsport

Și este evident că nu are foarte multă experiență, fiecare kilometru parcurs îl va ajuta cu siguranță mai mult decât sfaturile venite din partea mea, a fost și lipsit de șansă după părerea mea dar așa stau lucrurile în formula 1, însă cu siguranță va încerca să îndrepte toate aceste lucruri.

Problemele avute din punct de vedere al fiabilității nu au fost foarte serioase dar îndeajuns cât să nu-l ajute.

Una din problemele de fiabilitate la care se referă pilotul finlandez este înlocuirea panoului electric de comandă care i-a adus lui Giovinazzi o penalizare de 10 locuri pe grilă la Marele Premiu din Azerbaijan.

Să sperăm că el va avea parte de primul weekend curat, fără probleme și apoi va putea fi judecat mult mai ușor, dar cred că acum ar fi nedrept. El este un pilot destul de rapid dar cu puțină experiență, iar atunci cănd pierzi o sesiune completă de antrenamente, este foarte greu să mai legi ceva.

Giovinazii va avea cu siguranță nevoie de curse curate, în care să câștige puncte dacă vrea să îi facă față mult mai experimentatului sau coleg Kimi Raikkonen, și pentru a-și asigura poziția pentru anul viitor.

Kimi Raikkonen has been disqualified from the results of qualifying in Azerbaijan after the front wing on his Alfa Romeo failed a post-session front wing deflection test.

The decision means that Raikkonen is now set to start Sunday’s race in Baku from the pit lane, joining Pierre Gasly and Robert Kubica. The Finn had originally been set to start from P8, moving up one spot because of team mate Antonio Giovinazzi’s grid penalty.

„The Stewards find that the front wing of car 7 deflected more than 5mm under a load of 60 N,” read a stewards report. „[This is] in breach of Article 3.9.8 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.”

Ferrari ar fi trebuit să-l păstreze pe Kimi Raikkonen- Barnie Ecclestone

Fostul Boss al formulei 1 Barnie Ecclestone susține că finlandezul Kimi Raikkonen nu ar fi trebuit lasat să plece de la scuderia Ferrari dacă, aceștia își doresc câștigarea campionatului în 2019.

Prieten cu Sebastian Vettel, Ecclestone spune că finlandezul ar fi fost mult mai util și ar fi putut ajuta echipa din Maranello să se bată cu șanse reale la titlul.

Cred că Ferrari a făcut o greșeală lăsându-l să plece -a spus acesta pentru France’s Auto Hebdo

Ar fi fost un teammate care nu ar fi creat nici un fel de probleme. Știa ce avea de facut. Dacă i s-ar fi cerut să-l lase pe Vettel să treacă ar fi facut-o, dacă i s-ar fi cerut să scadă ritmul pentru a încetini un adversar ar fi făcut-o. Însă nu sunt sigur că Charles Leclerc va fi dispus să facă toate astea.- a mai spus Barnie Ecclestone

Toto Wolff team principal la Mercedes e și el de aceeași părere, Leclerc este un pilot foarte bun însă a creat deja probleme in acest an.

Leclerc este un viitor campion, ar putea deveni chiar în acest an. Ferrari are o problemă morală acum. Pe deoparte trebuie să-l susțină pe cvadrupul campion mondial care este Sebastian Vettel iar pe de altă parte nu pot să-l stopeze pe acest tânăr talentat.- a declarat Toto Wolff pentru Auto Blid