“He’s Also Handsome”- Coulthard Makes a Daring Case for Alfa Romeo F1 to Retain Giovinazzi

Published 10/31/2021, 5:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 4, 2020 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


After several driver announcements this year, there’s only one seat left to be filled for next season. The second seat at Alfa Romeo next to Valtteri Bottas of Antonio Giovinazzi is the only one still in doubt. Many drivers like Oscar Piastri and Robert Schwartzman are tipped to replace Giovinazzi next season.

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However, according to the driver’s market, Alpine’s academy graduate Guanyu Zhou is the front runner to teaming up with Bottas at Alfa Romeo with Giovinazzi being only the third favorite driver for the Alfa seat after Oscar Piastri.

Meanwhile, former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard believes Alfa Romeo should retain Antonio Giovinazzi for next season. In addition, the 50-year-old driver admits the Italian driver can help his current team to bring extra sponsorship money.

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What did David Coulthard say?

During an interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport [as quoted by Motorsports] David Coulthard states Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi deserves to stay at the Hinwil-based team after a series of excellent performances this season.

“Antonio is a quality driver, in my opinion. He’s fast and smart, but he’s also handsome, which is always a good thing for partners and sponsors,” said David Coulthard.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021. Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi after crashing out of practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov.

“Of course, it’s always a pain to be in a team like Alfa when you’re linked to the main Ferrari team. I hope he secures his future at Alfa Romeo now, and I’m sure he can do well with Bottas later on. I think that would be the best bet for him,” concluded the former F1 driver. (Quotes translated via Google Translate)

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The Scuderia Ferrari academy graduate, Antonio Giovinazzi, who is in his third season with Alfa Romeo, admits it is difficult to race with the uncertainty of his Formula 1 career.

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Meanwhile, as quoted by the official website of Formula 1, when asked about the situation of having an uncertain future in F1, Antonio Giovinazzi replied: “For sure, it’s not easy. If you ask this question to all of the drivers, they will answer that it’s not easy.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“You want to know what you will do next year if you’re here or not. So it’s not ideal, but the situation is this now for me, and I will try to do my best as well with this pressure on me,” added the Italian driver.

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Should Alfa Romeo retain Antonio Giovinazzi for next season? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and hopes the former breaks Lewis Hamilton's dominance.

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