Alfa Romeo will go into the 2020 F1 Season with an unchanged driver line-up as the Italian car manufacturer confirmed that Antonio Giovinazzi will remain with the team.
As the only Italian on the F1 grid, Giovinazzi lies in 18th in the Driver’s Championship with only four points. Meanwhile, veteran teammate and 2007 World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen, sits in 14th with 31 points.
Giovinazzi scored his and Alfa’s last points with a 10th places in the Singapore GP. Since, Alfa’s race form has dipped and both drivers have not had a great run with both finishing in the bottom-half of the midfield. However, Giovinazzi has been able to fight back when it comes to Qualifying on a Saturday. He now trails Raikkonen 10-9 with only two races to go this season.
The 25-year-old was was happy to be staying for on for another year of racing: “I am very happy to be staying with the team for 2020. I am grateful for the incredible level of support I received in my first full season in Formula 1: everyone in the team has stuck by my side since I joined and I am really looking forward to continuing our journey together.”
“Antonio has done really well this year and I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm he will stay with Alfa Romeo Racing for 2020.”
Team Principal of Alfa Romeo, Frederic Vasseur
With Giovinazzi remaining at Alfa, it just leaves four remaining seats at just three teams for next season. The seat at Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen, the seat at Williams alongside George Russell and the two seats at Toro Rosso.
This likely means that Nico Hulkenberg, who currently drives for Renault, will be out of a drive for next season. The German isn’t interested in a reserve or development role within a team by stating: “that’s not an option.”