Alfa Romeo welcomes the renewal of Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi’s contracts in Formula One with the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team for 2021.
The first Italian driver in eight years to serve as a established presence behind the steering wheel of a Formula One car, Antonio Giovinazzi has been instrumental in the improvement of the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team. His progress and performance during his first two seasons have been both noteworthy and consistent, with the latter quality a fundamental factor to flourish in Formula One. During the current season, Antonio has produced many rock-solid performances, establishing himself as one of the best starters, with several positions gained at every race.
The team has always supported the Italian ace with great determination. For Alfa Romeo, to witness his steady rise while aiming at bigger and better results is a mission but is most of all a source of great pride. After all, the bond between Italian drivers and Alfa Romeo has been the source of motorsport legend since the automobile maker won the maiden edition of the highest class in 1950 with Nino Farina driving an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Type 158 “Alfetta“.
“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN has been my home in Formula One for the last two seasons and I am happy this relationship can continue for one more year. The team has put a lot of faith in me and I have done my best to repay this confidence with hard work and commitment: we have achieved some good results and I feel we have done my part to make the team progress, but the road ahead is still long and there is much more we want to achieve together. There will be a lot of continuity between this season and the next one, so everything we work on between now and the end of the year will already count for next, and we are ready to give it all we have.”Antonio Giovinazzi
“We are excited to announce the renewal of Antonio Giovinazzi’s contract with Alfa Romeo Racing in the year of Alfa Romeo’s 110th anniversary. His passion and commitment really embody the Brand’s values. With his solid performances, Antonio has played a crucial role in maintaining fans’ enthusiasm and has contributed to make the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team a fine ambassador for the tradition of European technical excellence and Italian spirit. Following the extension of Antonio’s contract, we expect to continue making progress, both technically and on the track, to add new chapters to Alfa Romeo’s long and glorious history in Formula 1”.Mike Manley, CEO FCA
The most proficient motorist in the history of Formula One, Kimi Räikkönen will continue to bring his unbelievable mix of skill, racecraft and technical knowledge to the team for which, when it was competing as Sauber F1 team, Kimi Räikkönen made his Formula One (F1) debut in 2001. The 41-year-old Finn, World Champion in 2007, has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to the motor sport.
One of Formula One’s most popular motorists, with a dedicated following spanning the breadth of the globe, Kimi does most of his talking on track – but also within the engineering office, where his technical feedback and impressive sensitivity have been a valuable input to the team over the last two seasons.
“Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN is more than a team to me, it is like a second family. So many of the faces that were around me when I made my Formula One debut in 2001 are still here and the unique atmosphere of this team is what gives me that extra motivation to keep going in what will be my 19th season in the sport, next year.
I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe in the team’s project and in what we feel we can achieve together. This is a team that values hard work over words and this fits well with my style: I am looking forward to next year and hopefully making some steps forward towards the front of the midfield with the team.”Kimi Räikkönen
This statement highlights the team’s commitment to continuity, with Kimi and Antonio making up a solid and well-matched driver line-up that conveys a healthy mix of skill and youthful enthusiasm. With the revitalization of the drivers’ contract, the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team lays the foundations for the 2021 season and will be able to remain focusing on performance.
“I am very pleased for the team to continue working with Kimi and Antonio for another season. Kimi is a driver who needs no introduction: his talent has been clear to everyone since 2001 and I still see the passion and motivation in him every time I see him at work. He can be trusted to deliver 100% of what the car can produce and he is a true leader for the people working around him.
Antonio finished last year’s campaign strongly and he picked up where he left off and kept improving throughout 2020. From the track to the engineering briefings, Antonio has played a crucial role for our team and he has thoroughly deserved a new contract for 2021. His work ethic, commitment to the team and contagious enthusiasm are a huge asset for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.”Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG
Exclusive livery for a Major Occasion
The pronouncement of the contracts’ renewal comes ahead of the 2020 Imola Grand Prix, a proud venue for Alfa Romeo and Italian motorsport tradition alike, where the team Alfa Romeo will present an exclusive livery in the C39 race car.
Designed by Centro Stile, the livery will parade the Italian flag in a straight flash on the upper section of the engine cover and on the rear wing end plate, mixing into the theme of the 2020 “speed pixel” livery with its linear and dynamic graphic treatment.
The exclusive logo for the 110th anniversary of Alfa Romeo appears in a noticeable position, also on the engine cover, alongside the wording “Welcome back, Imola”, distinguishing the circuit’s position as one of the most iconic ones on the tour and as one of the greatest Italian tracks. From Touring and Sport categories to Formula One, Imola has been a location for major Alfa Romeo victories in all three categories.