Raikkonen and Giovinazzi to stay at Alfa Romeo for 2021

Former World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and current teammate Antonio Giovinazzi will both remain at Alfa Romeo for a third season together in 2021.

Raikkonen and Giovinazzi have both been with the team since 2019 but throughout this year there were rumours about whether either driver would be retained for another season.

In a statement Alfa Romeo praised Raikkonen’s impressive on track performances such as overtaking 10 cars on the opening lap in Portugal last weekend and his “impressive” and “valuable” technical feedback to the team. Raikkonen has been in F1 since 2001 and at the Nurburgring became the most experienced F1 driver of all time starting 323 Grands Prix.

They said similar of Giovinazzi calling him a hugely popular driver in the team who is dependable as well as being technically minded due to his experience as a Ferrari simulator driver.

The team also cited the importance of continuity in the team with the lineup providing a precious mix of experience and youth as well as them being two talented, technically minded drivers.

Raikkonen said in the statement: “Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is more than a team to me, it is like a second family.

“So many of the faces that were around me when I made my Formula One debut in 2001 are still here and 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, next year.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in the team’s project and in what we feel we can achieve together.

“This is a team that values hard work over words and this fits well with my style; I am looking forward to next year and hopefully making some steps forward towards the front of the midfield with the team.”

Giovinazzi said: “Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN has been my home in Formula One for the last two seasons and I am happy this relationship can continue for one more year.

“The team has put a lot of faith in me and I have done my best to repay this confidence with hard work and commitment; we have achieved some good results and I feel I have done my part to make the team progress, but the road ahead is still long and there is much more we want to achieve together.

“There will be a lot of continuity between this season and the next one, so everything we work on between now and the end of the year will already count for next, and we are ready to give it all we have.”