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Veteran Raikkonen to remain with ‘second family’ Alfa Romeo

Finland’s former Method One champion Kimi Raikkonen has been retained by the group he calls his “second household” Alfa Romeo for subsequent season together with team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.

Raikkonen, topped world champion in 2007 driving for Ferrari, will be capable to prolong his report variety of Grand Prix begins which he set earlier this season.

The 41-year-old referred to as ‘The Iceman’ — who completed runner-up twice on the earth championship — shall be competing in his 19th season on the highest degree.

Giovinazzi, 26, is Ferrari’s reserve driver they usually noticed sufficient of his capacity this season to present him one other marketing campaign — Ferrari management one of many Alfa seats.

The announcement comes a day after Alfa Romeo confirmed its industrial deal to model and again the Swiss-based group that began its life in F1 as Sauber in 1993.

Raikkonen, who made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2001, earlier than transferring again to them in 2019 after a second stint with Ferrari, stated the group was like a house from residence for him.

“It’s greater than a group to me; it is sort of a second household,” he stated.

“So most of the faces that have been round me after I made my F1 debut in 2001 are nonetheless right here and the distinctive environment of this group is what offers me that additional motivation to maintain going.

“It is a group that values exhausting work over phrases and this suits nicely with my fashion.”

Raikkonen, who’s 17th within the drivers’ standings with two factors this season, added he hoped he and Giovinazzi might transfer up a gear subsequent season and problem for extra factors.

Alfa Romeo stated the line-up highlighted the group’s “dedication to continuity”.

“I nonetheless see the eagerness and motivation in Kimi each time I see him at work,” stated group boss Frederic Vasseur.

“He could be trusted to ship 100% of what the automobile can produce and he’s a real chief for the individuals working round him.

“Antonio completed final 12 months’s marketing campaign strongly and he picked up the place he left off and saved enhancing all through 2020.”

Raikkonen and Giovinazzi shall be looking for to repay the boldness positioned in them with a good exhibiting at this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

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