Valtteri Bottas made headlines earlier this month when he announced he would join Alfa Romeo next year to replace the retiring Kimi Raikkonen. But what about the other seat on the team? Incumbent Antonio Giovinazzi has addressed rumors surrounding his future as he fights to stay on the F1 grid in 2022.
Giovinazzi is under pressure at Alfa but responded with back-to-back Q3 appearances in the Netherlands and Italy. Although he didn’t score any points in either race, the return to form was considerable. When asked ahead of the Italian Grand Prix if he had any news about his future, here’s how the Italian responded.
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“Nothing yet, I have no news yet, I just knew that Valtteri would be at Alfa next year, but for my part, no news yet. Of course, I want to know as soon as possible, but it’s not my decision, ”he said.
“I know there are a lot of rumors already but it’s not my decision so I focus more on my performance, to get my best result in the race and qualifying and everything and then see what happens. “
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“Of course, we want all the same: to bring the best possible result to the team you know, to qualify to be in front, to run to score points,” he added. “It’s clear on my side and on Fred’s side [Fred Vasseur, Team Principal’s] side what we want.
Team boss Fred Vasseur is known to have a list of potential recruits for 2022 but, with Robert Kubica having replaced Kimi Raikkonen – who tested positive for Covid-19 – in Zandvoort and Monza, the Polish veteran will have the chance to fully join -next year when Raikkonen retires?
“It’s a tough question, to be honest,” Kubica said. “I’ve learned from my side that anything can happen day to day – positive, negative – so never say never.
“But realistically I think there are other drivers higher up the list. I don’t know, you have to ask Fred, you know I have my racing schedule with racing races. endurance, which of course I normally focus all the attention on there.
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“Whatever it brings me, the future, I just have to wait and see,” he concluded.
For now, Alfa Romeo is aiming to regain eighth place in the championship, but they are 18 points behind Williams in the stakes – with the Russian Grand Prix in the lead.