The brother of Ferrari chairman John Elkann, Lapo, believes that Alfa Romeo are “harming” Antonio Giovinazzi.
It looks all but certain that the Italian will lose his place on the Formula 1 grid at the end of the year and be replaced by a younger driver, most likely Guanyu Zhou.
The Mexican Grand Prix provided perhaps the biggest hint that his days with Alfa Romeo are coming to an end, with him making no attempt to hide his anger after feeling that he was given a poor strategy.
The 27-year-old made a stunning start, climbing up to P6, but ultimately finished behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and outside of the points in P11, sarcastically thanking his team for the “great strategy” over the radio after crossing the line.
He doubled down on his anger after the race, saying that the strategy was wrong and refusing to rule out the team deliberately sabotaging him.
“They called me [to pit], the problem is that I came out of the pits immediately behind Ricciardo and Bottas, who at that moment didn’t go fast,” he told Sky Italia.
“I warmed up my tyres, the pace was slower compared to the medium tyres, so I lost all the gap with the undercut I had to do.
“When I came out, the tyres were already gone and when the others did the pit stop, they were faster than me. So the strategy was completely wrong.”
Asked if he felt that Alfa Romeo ruined his races ‘on purpose’, he replied: “Until now, I didn’t want to believe that, but today I’m really disappointed.”
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) November 7, 2021
Giovinazzi is a product of the Ferrari academy, and while the Scuderia vowed not to try and make Alfa Romeo keep him, Mattia Binotto has previously stated they’d like him to stay on the grid.
It now appears they’re not best pleased with how things have been handled in recent times, with the brother of chairman John Elkann stating that Alfa Romeo have harmed him.
“I have great respect for the Alfa Romeo team principal,” Lapo tweeted.
“But to see a team that harms its own driver is sad and maddening. I’m with Giovinazzi, an Italian talent who deserves the affection of us fans.
A tale of two exits at Alfa Romeo
There seems to be a tale of two exits at Alfa Romeo as Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi head into the final races.