“That’s just my luck”– Callum Ilott curses his bad luck as he missed on his golden opportunity to make an F1 debut after Kimi Raikkonen absence.
On Saturday, Alfa Romeo had bad news to deal with, as Kimi Raikkonen was tested positive with COVID-19, and it surely keeps him out of contention to compete in the Dutch Grand Prix.
Callum Ilott, who was announced as a test reserve driver of Alfa Romeo, would have gained an opportunity to make his Formula 1 debut amidst Raikkonen’s absence.
However, the 22-year-old driver is in the United States for his IndyCar project, making him unavailable for Alfa Romeo for this year.
— Juncos Hollinger Racing (@juncosracing) September 1, 2021
Ilott on Twitter cursed his fate, as he would have been the number one contender to represent Alfa Romeo for the next two weekends, which he later deleted.
However, Robert Kubica, who has several years of racing experience, including F1, would have anyway been at the forefront to replace the 41-year-old F1 driver and would also be racing for Alfa Romeo in the Italian Grand Prix.
Only if Kubica had other racing commitments parallel to this event, only then Ilott had a chance to represent Alfa Romeo this weekend.
F1 fans react with memes
Nevertheless, F1 fans reacted to Ilott not having his debut at Zandvoort, and many had witty memes to add to Ilott’s plight, who is currently in Portland, preparing for his IndyCar campaign.
… I just want you in F1 man 🙁 pic.twitter.com/mO2K7RuA5J
— rie (@High5Forever) September 4, 2021
whole timeline crying in callum ilott rn
— andy ♡ (@iiiuminateandy) September 4, 2021
Callum Ilott missing out on a possible F1 debut because he’s testing IndyCar’s in America is the most Callum Ilott thing to happen to Callum Ilott https://t.co/BnReUtpDuC
— Joel (@JTayF1) September 4, 2021