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Alfa Romeo’s formidable plans can entice prime line F1 driver

Each Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have Alfa Romeo offers till the top of the present season, and the Finn is believed to be unlikely to be retained for subsequent 12 months because the Italian squad targets Valtteri Bottas should he not be retained by Mercedes.

Vasseur mentioned earlier this 12 months the team was not ruling out replacing both Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, however insisted “the whole lot is open”.

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

“I believe we’re in a great place as a result of we’re formidable,” Vasseur instructed Autosport. “We’re going up when it comes to companions, sponsors and so forth. The portfolio goes up.

“The partnership with Alfa is strong and a long-term partnership. Ferrari is doing a great job, they’re enhancing additionally on their facet… 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 is going to be necessary to be sincere with potential hires about Alfa’s prospects for the upcoming seasons in an effort to keep away from creating false expectations, particularly if it lands a high-profile driver.

“In case you have a typical mission and also you’re very clear with them, then [you] say ‘guys, I do not wish to bullshit you, we cannot have the ability to win in 2022, even in 2023, however not less than we wish to make two or three positions a 12 months and we wish to enhance’,” he mentioned.

“This message acquired by means of with Kimi. When Kimi joined in ’19, he received two races earlier than with Ferrari, he received in Austin, after which he joined over, and at this stage we have been within the powerful scenario. 2017 was very powerful. I believe he understood the problem and the mission.

“It’s important to be very clear with them and to be clear: ‘OK, guys we cannot 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 fret, we’ll win subsequent 12 months’. 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 12 months, 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 powerful facet,” mentioned 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 discuss Antonio, positive he did a great enchancment in qualy. He has a a lot better understanding of the efficiency of the automobile. And if he has to enhance it is most likely 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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