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Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi is ecstatic to continue having Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate in 2021, believing that the Finn’s vast experience will be key to his own development. This comes following a mid-season speculation regarding Alfa Romeo. wherein the team could change one or more of its drivers, the Swiss team, however, confirmed late October that both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi would stay on for the 2021 F1 season.
Giovinazzi, who is preparing for his third full F1 season with Alfa Romeo believes Raikkonen’s presence at the team will continue to help him develop as a driver.
“[With] Kimi again beside me next season I think I can still do another step,” Giovinazzi told Autosport. “It will be really important to watch him because I think, like I’ve said many times, he’s still one of the best on the grid, especially on the race pace and managing the race. I’m happy to continue with him.”
“When I came here [in 2019] I tried to focus more on Kimi’s side,” Giovinazzi explained. “To see what he was doing and why he was doing [it]. And in the end I always followed him I would say.
“But [in 2020] I’d got more experience and I know what they want and what I like more – especially in the different tracks and different conditions. “Experience makes a lot of difference in every category, maybe more in Formula 1. “I think I will feel more ready as well next season, after two years, and after a lot more races.
“I just want to feel more comfortable with everything with the car, with the team. “It was again a good step this season, but I think next year I will feel again a lot more confident.”
For those unaware, Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur said some time ago that he was pleased with Giovinazzi’s progress during his second season.
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