The Specialist
MAXIM Australia|August 2019

Alfa Romeo Racing’s ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI has an uphill battle for his first full-time campaign with teammate, 2007 F1 World Champion, Kimi Räikkönen. We caught up with the 25-year-old to discuss…

Stewart Bell

Antonio Giovinazzi may be living the dream as the first full-time Italian racer on the Formula 1 grid since Jarno Trulli and Tonio Liuzzi in 2011, and at an Italian-branded team in Alfa Romeo Racing, but he’ll need to keep his head down if he’s to stay there — with Kimi Räikkönen in the sister car.

The 2007 F1 World Champion may not be the same relentless, razor-sharp, heat-seeking missile he once was at McLaren, but Räikkönen is still consistent, and a tenacious point scorer. Something Giovinazzi will need to match week-in, week-out to retain his drive into 2020 and beyond. The talent, from Martina Franca, also needs to rise above his former reputation as a crasher, having shunted twice in China 2017 — his second of two races as a fill-in at Swiss team Sauber. But he’s out qualified

Räikkönen three times in the first nine races, up to Austria, and things are looking stronger and it’s noticeable in his outward confidence.

Has the team paid more interest in Kimi Räikkönen’s feedback so far?

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