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Alfa Romeo’s bold plans can entice high line F1 driver

Each Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have Alfa Romeo offers till the tip of the present season, and the Finn is believed to be unlikely to be retained for subsequent yr because the Italian squad targets Valtteri Bottas should he not be retained by Mercedes.

Vasseur stated earlier this yr the team was not ruling out replacing both Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, however insisted “all the things is open”.

Alfa has prolonged its relationship with Sauber in what Vasseur labelled a “long-term partnership” that highlights the marque’s want for achievement within the championship.

“I feel we’re in a very good place as a result of we’re bold,” Vasseur advised Autosport. “We’re going up by way of companions, sponsors and so forth. The portfolio goes up.

“The partnership with Alfa is stable and a long-term partnership. Ferrari is doing a very good job, they’re enhancing additionally on their aspect… and we’re enhancing on the chassis.

“I’ve tons of inexperienced lights, and I wish to be very optimistic. Now I’ve to do my job to have the ability to persuade them.”

Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing, in the Team Principals Press Conference

Frederic Vasseur, Crew Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing, within the Crew Principals Press Convention

Photograph by: FIA Pool

Vasseur believes it will likely be vital to be sincere with potential hires about Alfa’s prospects for the upcoming seasons to be able to keep away from creating false expectations, particularly if it lands a high-profile driver.

“When you’ve got a typical undertaking and also you’re very clear with them, then [you] say ‘guys, I do not wish to bullshit you, we can’t have the ability to win in 2022, even in 2023, however at the least we wish to make two or three positions a yr and we wish to enhance’,” he stated.

“This message obtained via with Kimi. When Kimi joined in ’19, he gained two races earlier than with Ferrari, he gained in Austin, after which he joined over, and at this stage we have been within the robust scenario. 2017 was very robust. I feel he understood the problem and the undertaking.

“It’s a must to be very clear with them and to be clear: ‘OK, guys we can’t have the ability to win, however the goal if we’re P8 is to be P6 after which to be P4’. [It’s better] than to say ‘OK, don’t be concerned, we’ll win subsequent yr’. Doing this you’ll create the frustration.”

Whereas the staff is but to resolve on its 2022 line-up, Vasseur conceded that Giovinazzi has taken a step ahead this yr, particularly in qualifying trim, however reckons the Italian nonetheless must work on his race performances.

“Antonio is doing an excellent job in qualy, when Kimi might be a bit extra on the robust aspect,” stated Vasseur. “And it is the alternative within the race and fairly often he’s compensating the hole with Antonio within the opening laps.

“I might say that, if you wish to talk about Antonio, positive he did a very good enchancment in qualy. He has a significantly better understanding of the efficiency of the automotive. And if he has to enhance it is in all probability on the strategy of the race, the administration of the race, the administration of the tyres. However he is aware of the scenario completely.”

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