As we might remember, Alfa Romeo’s line-up for the 2020 season of Formula 1 will be the very experienced driver Kimi Raikkonen and the Italian driver on his second full F1 season Antonio Giovinazzi. Alfa Romeo finished on P8 in the Constructors’ Championship, just in front of Haas and Williams, the Italian-Swiss team scored 57 points while in the Drivers’ Championship, their first driver Kimi Raikkonen scored 43 points and finished on P12. The Italian driver scored 14 points and finished on P17. Their line-up was a little bit too obvious but it wasn’t for Alfa Romeo’s team principal, Frédéric Vasseur. Why? In this article I am going to explain you the reason.
Antonio Giovinazzi was running in P9 during the Belgian Grand Prix. It was the lap 44 out of 44 and suddenly, the Italian driver lost his car at Pouhon and his car finished on the barriers. The Belgian Grand Prix was seemed as a very good weekend for Alfa Romeo but Kimi Raikkonen finished on P16 and their only hopes were on Antonio but after his crash, no hopes were left in the team. This GP was the 13th GP of the season and the Finn driver had already 31 points but the Italian had only 1. With these results, Antonio was about to lose his seat but his strong weekend in Italy made Fred change his mind.
“It [the crash] was a big shock for everybody in the team because it was a good opportunity [to score points]. Antonio came back from nowhere and on one of the last laps he had the crash. The issue of Antonio was that we were down on performance when he was on top. You can be in front of your teammate but if it’s for P14 o P15, everyone’s speaking about you”. Said Alfa Romeo’s team principal in an interview with “Motorsport.com”. Will he have a better season this year?