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Giovinazzi hopes Bottas can replicate Raikkonen impact

Giovinazzi hopes Bottas can replicate Raikkonen impact

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Giovinazzi hopes Bottas can replicate Raikkonen impact

Giovinazzi hopes Bottas can replicate Raikkonen impact

Antonio Giovinazzi is hopeful Valtteri Bottas can replicate the effect Kimi Raikkonen has had on Alfa Romeo when he replaces his fellow Finn in 2022.

Bottas will make the switch to the Hinwil-based outfit next year after bringing an end to a successful five-year tenure with Mercedes which is aiming to make it five constructors' titles in a row with the Finn and Lewis Hamilton as a duo.

Alfa Romeo currently sits ninth in the constructors' standings after being overtaken by Williams in the last five races, with Bottas tasked with helping turn fortunes around when the new regulations are enforced next season.

Asked what type of team Bottas could expect upon arriving, Giovinazzi said: "For sure it is a different team from my first experience in 2017.

"With Kimi coming in 2019, he brought some good things from Ferrari and from his experience.

"This is what Valtteri will find and what Valtteri will bring, he is another experienced driver and comes from a team like Mercedes so I am sure he can bring good things to the team and can still improve year after year."

Giovinazzi's future remains unclear with a whole host of drivers supposedly in line to take over from the Italian next year.

The 27-year-old explained: "It is not a question for me, you need to ask this to Fred [Vasseur, Alfa Romeo team principal].

"The only thing I can do is try to get more points and I hope that will be enough."

What do you think?
Symanski

Bottas was slightly impressive in the Williams, but not fully. At Mercedes he's had a few good runs, but really nothing on Hamilton. And now he is too slow and unreliable in a support role. Letting Verstappen past so easily in the last race would have sealed it for me as a team manager if I'd not already made the decision to let him go.

At Alfa they need someone like Norris, LeClerc, Russell. Some new and fresh but with just the right enough experience at another team so that are competent. Not someone who's already heading for the exit door.

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