Alfa reveal timeframe for 2022 line-up decision

Jamie Woodhouse
Antonio Giovinazzi in the Alfa Romeo. Hungary August 2021

Rear view shot of Antonio Giovinazzi in action for Alfa Romeo. Hungary August 2021.

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur has confirmed the team will announce their 2022 line-up by September.

With Alfa Romeo’s backing secured in a new multi-year deal, the Swiss-based team can now set about deciding their driver pairing for 2022.

Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen have been behind the wheel for Alfa Romeo since 2019, although neither driver is a certainty for next season.

Valtteri Bottas, Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman are among the drivers to have been linked with displacing one or both of Alfa’s current line-up.

And it appears we do not need to wait too much longer for a final decision, with Vasseur revealing September as the deadline.

“I don’t decide it alone,” Vasseur told Blick newspaper.

“The whole company decides. We’ll know who’s driving by September.”

A report from the Hungarian Grand Prix stated Vasseur had been seen in Mercedes hospitality 10 times, adding further weight to the rumours that Bottas could be on this way to the team.

But when asked about the possibility, Vasseur responded: “That is your interpretation. Everyone will have to wait until September.

“Our project makes the team interesting for all the drivers who are on the market.”

Kimi Raikkonen in action for Alfa Romeo. Hungary August 2021.

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The new generation of cars coming for 2022 are designed to improve the quality of racing in Formula 1 by reducing the gaps between the teams and making it easier for cars to follow each other.

This represents a golden opportunity for a team like Alfa Romeo to move up the order, something they are confident of doing, but Vasseur suggested that for 2022 the teams may become more spread out than they currently are.

That said, he name-dropped Brawn as an example of how a shock contender can emerge out of nowhere.

“In the first year, the differences between the teams may even be greater than now,” Vasseur warned.

“But once stability takes hold, we have a better future with our infrastructure and wind tunnel. Remember, Brawn came out of nowhere in 2009 and won the title.”