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Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur responds to Antonio Giovinazzi for ‘ruthless’ F1 comments

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur responds to Antonio Giovinazzi after the outgoing driver called F1 ‘ruthless when money rules’ in response to being replaced by Guanyu Zhou by 2022 … as he insists the sport it’s a ‘small world’ and ‘we have to do it stay professional’


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Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur responded to his driver Antonio Giovinazzi, following comments the Italian made after finding out that he will be replaced for the 2022 season.

It was announced earlier this week that the Italian will be replaced by Guanyu Zhou, who will become the first Chinese driver in Formula One history.

The 22-year-old will be joined by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who will replace retired Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the season.

Antonio Giovinazzi expressed his frustration on social media after losing momentum next season.

Antonio Giovinazzi expressed his frustration on social media after losing momentum next season.

On social media after the announcement of Zhou’s arrival, Giovinazzi expressed frustration that he felt he had lost momentum due to the financial backing of the sponsors that the Chinese driver will provide.

Speaking in This week with Will Buxton On Giovinazzi’s comments, Vasseur said: ‘Well, honestly, I think it’s important for him to close the chapter, at least this season, doing well on the track.

‘I saw the comments. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of this kind of attitude: also because the team gave him the opportunity to do three seasons in F1, and Alfa Romeo gave him the opportunity to do three seasons in F1. Tons of drivers would have dreamed of doing it.

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur said he is 'not a fan' of Giovinazzi's attitude for his comments

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur said he is 'not a fan' of Giovinazzi's attitude for his comments

Alfa Romeo boss Fred Vasseur said he is ‘not a fan’ of Giovinazzi’s attitude for his comments

Now you will have other challenges. He will have to do well in that other challenge, and perhaps he will return to F1 in the future. But it’s a small world and we have to remain professionals. ‘

Giovinazzi has been with Alfa Romeo for three seasons and was unable to finish ahead of 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen in the standings during the last two seasons.

Although he has often been faster than the 42-year-old retiring this season, he has scored just one point and is again behind the Finn in the championship.

The Italian said after losing his seat: ‘F1 is emotion, talent, cars, risk, speed. But when money rules, it can be ruthless. ”

Giovinazzi has been unlucky at various stages this season which has prevented him from scoring more points.

Guanyu Zhou, currently second in the F2 championship, will replace Giovinazzi in 2022

Guanyu Zhou, currently second in the F2 championship, will replace Giovinazzi in 2022

Guanyu Zhou, currently second in the F2 championship, will replace Giovinazzi in 2022

Although there has been some friction between him and the team in the last few races.

He sarcastically said on the team radio after the Mexican GP: ‘Hi guys, thanks for the great strategy’, after a pit stop cost him any chance of scoring points.

Alfa Romeo was previously frustrated in Turkey as the Italian ignored a team order to let Raikkonen pass to try and score points.

Vasseur said the combination of rookie Zhou and seasoned Bottas was a great thing for next season.

Zhou will replace Valtteri Bottas who will leave Mercedes at the end of the current season

Zhou will replace Valtteri Bottas who will leave Mercedes at the end of the current season

Zhou will replace Valtteri Bottas who will leave Mercedes at the end of the current season

About Bottas, the team owner said: ‘I think for Valtteri it was important to have this position in a team. When you are a partner of Lewis (Hamilton), you know perfectly well that it will not be an easy place, but you will be a bit in the shadow of your partner.

I think it’s an important step in Valtteri’s career, even if we don’t imagine fighting Mercedes next year.

“The position in the team will be completely different and I think that for him, and for his own perspective, this was an important step.”

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