Kimi Raikkonen will mark his record-breaking 323rd grand prix start with a new Alfa Romeo deal, although his team-mate’s name has not yet been penned in.
According to The-Race, Raikkonen will remain with the Alfa Romeo team for the 2021 championship.
The publication says the Finn is ‘understood to have had an option on his side for a third season, which he had until the end of last month to activate.’
He informed the team of his ‘decision to stay at the previous race in Russia two weeks ago.’
Alfa Romeo is expected to confirm the Finn, who will be 41 later this month, as early as Friday at the Nurburging.
His team-mate, though, has to be decided.
While many reports have linked Mick Schumacher to the second Alfa Romeo seat, that decision has yet to be made.
As part of Alfa Romeo’s deal with Ferrari, it is the Scuderia who will decide whether Antonio Giovinazzi retains his drive or Schumacher is promoted.
‘Ferrari has control over the Alfa seat currently occupied by Giovinazzi,’ reports The-Race.
‘As Schumacher is a Ferrari Driver Academy protégé, the decision on Raikkonen’s team-mate appears to be down to whether Ferrari believes Giovinazzi merits a third year in F1 after an underwhelming 2020, and Schumacher represents its alternative option if it does not.’
But while The-Race and Motorsport.com are both reporting that only Raikkonen has a deal for next season, Spanish sources claim Schumacher is in.
According to reports, the 21-year-old son of Michael Schumacher has agreed a one-year deal to partner Raikkonen in next year’s championship.
Schumacher will make his grand prix debut this weekend with Alfa Romeo, driving the C39 in Friday’s first practice at the Nurburgring.
Former Mercedes boss Norbert Haug has urged Alfa Romeo to hand the Formula 2 championship leader a F1 promotion.
“If I had something to say in Formula 1, as a Formula 1 maker, then I would not miss this opportunity,” he told RTL..
“For me it’s imperative that Mick get a seat and not because he’s being leveraged in there, but because he really deserves it.
“I think it is very, very important that he is not promoted because of his name, but because he has performed in Formula 3 and Formula 2.”
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