Here Just Might Be the F1 Team to Watch in 2021

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi are back for Alfa Romeo for 201.

Last year, Alfa Romeo finished eighth in the F1 Constructors’ Championship with eight points, while Haas with ninth with three and Williams was scoreless in 10th.

Some prognosticators claim Alfa Romeo is poised to move up in 2021.

Ask Williams F1 driver George Russell, and he’ll be the first to tell you that Alfa Romeo has made the biggest jump of any team ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season.

After the recent test in Bahran, Russell is almost resigned to the fact that Williams has a shot at catching Haas in the F1 Constructors’ Championship, but that Alfa Romeo might be out of reach.

Alfa Romeo, Russell says, impressed him in Bahrain testing.

“Kimi (Raikkonen) looked very, very fast,” said Russell. “They have made the biggest jump of any team.”

that Alfa Romeo (eighth place, 8 points) was to Ferrari (sixth place, 131 points) would have to make up in the standings.

“So far I can only say that the car is definitely better and more stable than last year,” said Raikkonen’s teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. “You can also really feel that there is more power.”

Typically, Raikkonen downplays the significance of the Bahrain test times, but he also admitted that the 2021 machine “feels better than last year.”

“I think we are faster. We’ll see if we can translate that to the races,” Raikkonen said.

Former F1 driver Karl Wendlinger, who raced in Formula 1 from 1991 through 1995, also agrees that Alfa Romeo has made a significant leap.

“Ferrari has improved,” he told Speed Week, “but I doubt it will be enough to attack the top three. In a direct comparison, Kimi Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo built by Sauber was better than (Ferrari’s) Carlos Sainz.”

Former Ferrari engineer Luigi Mazzola also thinks the Maranello team and its customer Alfa Romeo could be neck-and-neck in 2021.

“I think McLaren could be the first behind Mercedes and Red Bull,” he told Italy’s Autosprint after the Bahrain test. “Ferrari is not bad in my view, but they were fighting with Alfa Romeo and Alpha Tauri. Going by the tests alone, I would put Alfa Romeo behind McLaren.

“But I want to remind you that no one has a crystal ball and no one knows exactly what each team did in the testing,” Mazzola added.

The 2021 Formula 1 season begins March 28 with the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix.

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