Alfa Romeo wants "improving" Giovinazzi to be a team leader

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss has called on his driver Antonio Giovinazzi to become more of a team leader, as the Italian is gearing up for a third season in the sport with the Swiss team.

Alfa Romeo wants "improving" Giovinazzi to be a team leader

Following a difficult debut season with Alfa Romeo in 2019, Ferrari-backed Giovinazzi showed a marked improvement during the 2020 season, outqualifying his vastly more experienced teammate Kimi Raikkonen by nine to eight and going on to score the same number of points as the Finn.

Due to a lack of competitiveness Raikkonen and Giovinazzi could only manage four points each as Alfa slumped to an eight-place finish in the constructors' championship, but Ferrari decided to give Giovinazzi a third season at Ferrari, opting to place rookie Mick Schumacher at Haas instead.

While it's far from certain 41-year-old Raikkonen will stay in the sport beyond the 2021 season, Alfa boss Vasseur has called on Giovinazzi to become more of a team leader in his third season and become a more consistent performer, saying the Italian should "take the lead on his own shoulders".

"I think the next step is to get more the consistency during the race," Vasseur told Motorsport.com. "But he's been doing a good step for a while that he is improving on every single topic.

"There's also probably to keep a little bit the lead of the team on his own shoulders, to be able to assume some decisions. But we are on these paths and he is improving race after race. And I'm quite confident for next year."

Read Also:

Vasseur is also impressed with the gains the 27-year-old Italian has been able to make in his sophomore year.

"If you have a look last year, he scored one third of Kimi's points and he was six times in front of Kimi in qualifying," the Frenchman explained.

"Now they are matching each other, they have the same level of points, the same level of performance in qualifying."

Giovinazzi told Motorsport.com that was "really happy with the work that I did in this season", in particular his focus on improving his race starts, which helped him gain valuable positions on the first lap of several races.

shares
comments

Related video

Ferrari's Leclerc latest F1 driver to contract COVID-19
Previous article

Ferrari's Leclerc latest F1 driver to contract COVID-19

Next article

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65
Load comments
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021