“Question mark around Kimi, but Antonio is improving” – Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur feels it is too early to confirm either Kimi Raikkonen or Antonio Giovinazzi for next season, keeping the door open for Mick Schumacher.
With not many drivers’ movements expected among the top teams – except George Russell to Mercedes – the focus has shifted on the future of driver seats in the bottom three teams.
Prime among them is the Mick Schumacher to Alfa Romeo speculation, with no confirmation yet on Kimi Raikkonen or Antonio Giovinazzi’s future. This will rumble on for quite some time after Frederic Vasseur suggested they are willing to play the waiting game.
“It is far too early to discuss this. We are working together, we have tonnes of races in a row over the last two or three months and I think we discuss together in the last part of the season, not before.
“To keep the system under pressure is always a good thing. I don’t want to commit for a long time, I don’t want to say ‘Okay guys, you can relax and blah blah’. We have to keep everybody under pressure.
“F1 is all about pressure and we have to keep it like this. We don’t know what could happen around us, in the junior series and in the top of the field and so on and we don’t want to take this kind of commitment today.
“We know the grid will be fulfilled by the top, Mr. Wolff will make his own decision and then Mr. Horner and then at one stage it will come to us.
“We are not in a rush to make this kind of decision but things are moving and for sure we have a question mark around Kimi, but Antonio is improving.”