Vasseur Keeps the Door Open for Ferrari Academy Drivers to Join Alfa Romeo F1 in 2022

Published 05/29/2021, 7:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alfa Romeo Racing Team Principal Frederic Vasseur talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


The Ferrari driver academy is not short of talent. Over their 12-year history, they have produced quality drivers who have competed in F1, such as Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher.

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In Alfa Romeo, Ferrari have a team where they have significant influence on the driver lineup. With a few of Ferrari’s academy drivers waiting in the wings, Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur has decisions to make for 2022. While Alfa Romeo took their first points of the season with Antonio Giovinazzi’s P10 finish, Vasseur spoke on the possibilities for next year.

Vasseur admits Alfa Romeo will discuss the driver situation with Ferrari

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Alfa Romeo are in a unique position for 2022. Both their drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, run out of contract at the end of the season.

With Raikkonen turning 42 this October, one can only wonder if he will continue to race next season. While he has shown flashes of real pace, the Finn is yet to trouble the Top 10 this season.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

As for Giovinazzi, the 27-year-old looks more likely to keep his seat, given his Ferrari academy background.

However, Frederic Vasseur‘s decision remains complicated, for which he admits the need to discuss with Ferrari. The Frenchman said, “Ferrari and Alfa Romeo are our partners. So we’re going to discuss the driver issue with them.” (Translated via Google Translate)

A number of Ferrari‘s academy drivers wait in the wings for a seat in F1 for 2022. With Alfa Romeo’s situation, they may find it the best opportunity to secure a seat next season. Some of those drivers include names like Callum Ilott and Robert Schwartzman.

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We’ll see again in September or October: Vasseur

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The major focus for Vasseur is the ongoing season with his current drivers. Although he admitted the team will discuss with Ferrari, it’s too early for considering all options.

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

The 53-year-old said, “But that is far too early. It is now important that our drivers concentrate on their job. We’ll see again in September or October.”

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As for this season, the Italian outfit will look to build on their first points finish of the year in the remaining races, starting with Baku. While they look like an improved outfit this season, they are still far from scoring points regularly. Can Giovinazzi and Raikkonen break into the top 10 on June 6?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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