‘Fighting with AlphaTauri would be really good’

Date published: January 17 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Alfa Romeo are targeting a “clean race weekend” in the Russian Grand Prix to build on Kimi Raikkonen’s points finish at Mugello.

Looking ahead to the 2021 season, Antonio Giovinazzi’s aim is for Alfa Romeo to be able to take the fight to AlphaTauri. 

2020 was a disappointing campaign for Giovinazzi and co as, with a poor Ferrari engine, they went from fighting in the midfield to battling with backmarkers Williams and Haas.

They finished the year in P8 in the Constructors’ Championship with just eight points. The closest team ahead of them were AlphaTauri, who had 107.

Despite the huge gap between the two, Giovinazzi is hoping that he and the team will be able to take the fight to Red Bull’s sister team in 2021.

“We will have to wait and see if we get into a better position,” Giovinazzi said as per GPFans.

“What we did last year was we pushed ahead, and we hope to fight for points for the next season and fighting with AlphaTauri would be really good.

“They are the next team forward now, and we will see what will happen. Hopefully, we can get a better car and a better engine and be fighting for points in every race.”

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The team’s lineup will stay the same for the third year in a row, with both Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen being retained despite rumours that Mick Schumacher was to come aboard.

Raikkonen is less confident than his team-mate that the team can move forward, even with a better engine fitted, and expects the slight changes in the regulations to pose challenges.

“I believe nothing is guaranteed, it will be more or less the same cars but there will be small changes and hopefully we can be a bit stronger,” said the Finn.

“Obviously, we were a little bit off on the engine side and I am sure it will be a bit better than it was.

“But there are a lot of things that are out of our hands and the rule changes – I think it is quite a bit of a challenge actually so we will have to see how much we lose and how much we can recover.”

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