‘In an Area of Unknown’ – Kimi Raikkonen on Expectations From 2021 Alfa Romeo F1 Car

Published 02/22/2021, 9:25 AM EST
SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 24: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari looks on in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 24, 2017 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Today, in a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, Alfa Romeo revealed their challenger for the upcoming F1 season. Not only was the C41 on display, but also their three drivers – Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi, and the reserve, Robert Kubica present on the stage.

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With minimal testing these days, drivers rarely get the chance to get in the cockpit and take the car to the track before the official season begins. Hence, Kimi wasn’t sure what their car was going to offer when the host asked him to analyze the expectations ahead of the upcoming season.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 19: 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 on February 19, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“First of all, it’s nice to obviously see the new car. And yeah, we are very in an area of the unknown; there’s some rule change and how it’s gonna impact everybody and where we are gonna be,” replied Raikkonen.

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“Hopefully, we are better off than last year and we’ll get some idea in testing in a couple of weeks’ time. And then in one month’s time, at the first race, we will really know where we are. But yeah, we will do our best wherever we end up to be.”

The Former Ferrari driver told no lies here. Generally, you get an indication of where you stand amongst the competition after the first round, if not the winter testing.

Can Kimi Raikkonen lead Alfa Romeo’s midfield charge?

The Swiss outfit did not have a good outing last season. They finished at a distant eighth place in the Constructor’s standings, ahead of Williams and Haas. Though they will hope to have better fortunes this time around after the small but significant changes they have made to the car.

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They have made a conscious effort to rebuild the nose of the car which can give them more aerodynamic stability. Plus, it helps that their engine manufacturers, Ferrari, are coming up with a revolutionary power unit.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 11: Fire emerges from the car of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Overall, this should be music to Kimi’s and Antonio’s ears. The Alfa Romeo team can contend for a berth in the midfield this time around. At least, in theory, they can. Come to the season-opener in Bahrain, we may get a clearer picture of this.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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