Alfa Romeo F1 Boss Reveals Actual Timeline for Raikkonen’s 2022 Decision

Published 07/14/2021, 10:27 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN -Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Alfa Romeo Racing looks on at the roll out of the Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


While Kimi Raikkonen is still going strong in his 21st season in F1, it is evident, that with every race, the sharpness in his driving is deteriorating. And while many believe that this is his last season, it is truly anybody’s guess whether Kimi would leave or stay in the sport next season.

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But Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur has affirmed fans that he will not make any decisions on drivers before the summer break.

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Frederic Vasseur is happy with Kimi Raikkonen

In an interview with RacingNews365, the Alfa Romeo Team Principal believes that his team has made a step forward from last year. He also stated that he is happy with the performances of both his drivers.

Kimi has huge experience and he’s doing a fantastic job in the race to manage the situation. He’s always able to do the perfect job in the management,” said Vasseur.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

On Kimi’s future, he stated, “I want to keep the team under pressure, I don’t want to take any decision. We will have time to talk about this in the last part of the season.”

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Vasseur also commented on the progress of Raikkonen’s teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi. The Italian has been performing better in qualifying than Kimi, but on Sundays, the latter’s experience is too much for Gio.

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“He’s improving, the pace is going up, but we always want to get more and I’m always pushing them,” said Vasseur.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

“It’s my job. I think one of the issues of Antonio so far was he was far too much into the comparisons with Kimi. Now he’s able to take the lead on some of the decisions and say, ‘okay, I want to do this’. And for him, it was a step,” said Fred.

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With incessant speculation about his retirement from the sport, do you think we’ll see the Iceman in Alfa Romeo overalls next year?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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