Alfa Romeo System 1 boss Frederic Vasseur has referred to as on Antonio Giovinazzi to grow to be extra of a staff chief within the Italian’s third full season with the Swiss outfit.
Following a troublesome debut season in 2019, two years after a two-race cameo for the staff then often called Sauber subbing for the injured Pascal Wehrlein, Ferrari-backed Giovinazzi confirmed a marked enchancment through the 2020 season wherein he outqualified team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 9 to eight.
The 27-year-old additionally matched Raikkonen’s factors tally with 4 apiece, as Alfa’s hunch in competitiveness yielded solely eighth within the 2020 constructors championship, however Ferrari deemed that he had performed sufficient to earn one other season and positioned System 2 champion Mick Schumacher at Haas for his rookie marketing campaign as an alternative.
As it is from sure that 41-year-old Raikkonen will stay in F1 when his one yr contract extension concludes on the finish of the season, Vasseur has referred to as on Giovinazzi to step up and “take the lead on his personal shoulders”.
“I feel the subsequent step is to get extra the consistency through the race,” Vasseur instructed Autosport.
“However he is been doing a superb step for some time that he’s bettering on each single subject.
“There’s additionally most likely to maintain a little bit bit the lead of the staff on his personal shoulders, to have the ability to assume some selections.
“However we’re on these paths and he’s bettering race after race. And I am fairly assured for .”
Vasseur can be impressed with the beneficial properties the Italian has been in a position to make in his sophomore yr.
“When you’ve got a glance [at 2019], he scored one third of Kimi’s factors and he was six occasions in entrance of Kimi in qualifying,” he defined.
“Now they’re matching one another, they’ve the identical stage of factors, the identical stage of efficiency in qualifying.”
Giovinazzi instructed Autosport that was “actually proud of the work that I did” in 2021, which included a particular focus on improving his race starts that helped him achieve useful positions on the primary lap of a number of races.