Among the teams that have to announce both drivers of 2022 is theAlfa Romeo. The team from Hinwil is the negative surprise of the season: clearly not much was expected, but the three points won by Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi they are relegating the Biscione to the penultimate place in the constructors’ classification. Part of the blame actually goes to the team, who repeatedly proved unable to stay calm under pressure. Thus there have been errors in strategy and concentration that have penalized the two standard bearers: discussions are continuing on their future.
Team principal Frederic Vasseur can choose for 2022 from a shortlist of at least six elements, including not only Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, but also Valtteri Bottas, Alex Albon, Callum Ilott and Theo Pourchaire. All this bearing in mind that the Ferrari Driver Academy has the right to choose a driver from the Alfa Romeo designer team. On the table, therefore, also sits Maranello, who has every interest in seeing his talents grow in Sauber, as happened with Charles Leclerc. “Our project makes the team interesting for all the drivers who are on the market. I don’t decide on their future alone, but it will be a process that will involve the whole team. By September we will know who will be driving in 2022“, Vasseur told a Blick.
The Frenchman also talked about the team’s results this season: “Of course we are disappointed. Last year we were 2.5 seconds behind the leaders, now we are still 1.4 behind but somehow we don’t score points. Once it is the car, another the drivers, the other the tires or other circumstances: in short, it does not run well. We have to put an end to this negative period and secure eighth place in the championship. How? I don’t know either. After all, we are fully focusing on the new car for 2022 and there are no new parts coming from Hinwil now.“.