Several German news outlets are reporting that Kimi Raikkonen will remain in Formula 1 next year with Alfa Romeo, the 40-year-old set to be joined in the team by Ferrari-backed 20-year-old Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.
Reports quoting Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko on the subject have emerged in the wake of the Eifel Grand Prix weekend, where young Schumacher was expected to make his FP1debut with the Swiss team but weather scuppered those plans for now.
However the consensus is that Antonio Giovinazzi has not delivered on expectations and with three talented Ferrari Driver Academy young guns ready to step up from Formula 2; the Italian has the remaining six races to change the perception that he is not cut out for F1.
Marko told Motorsport-Total, “You can see which drivers are still on the market, I know who has called who. From this I gather that Mick Schumacher will drive together with Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo next year.
“If you look at the junior categories, he [Mick Schumacher] always started modestly and then in the second year was in top form. You can assume that it will be the same in Formula 1.”
Meanwhile, Raikkonen is keeping mum on his plans beyond 2020, amid reports he will ink a deal to stay on the grid for another year – his twentieth in the top flight; he told reporters at Nurburgring, “Nothing’s been decided so far.
“We’ll see. Obviously, we have some talks with the team. It’s my decision in the end and we’ll see what it comes to. Continuing, he clarified: “I never had an option in my contract so I can tell you that it’s not true. I haven’t signed anything last week, a month ago or yesterday or today, so we’ll see.”
Mick was born in 1999, the year Kimi began his car racing career, famously competing in only 23 races in junior single-seaters that year and in 2000, winning nine of them, before Sauber discovered him and had him on the grid for the 2001 Australian Grand Prix.
Fast-forward to 2007, when Ferrari poached the Finn from McLaren to replace – you guessed it! – Michael Schumacher whereupon The Iceman went on to win his F1 World Championship title, and the last driver’s crown for the Scuderia.
With Ferrari-backed Mick set to step up, the story has come full circle with Kimi sharing a garage with Schumi’s son as teammates; their imminent pairing something beyond a scriptwriter’s wildest dreams.
It‘s a shame there was no on-track action today, especially for the fans. However, I could learn a lot being part of all the regular race weekend procedures. Thank you for this opportunity! @alfaromeoracing @insideFDA #F1 #EifelGP 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/w2WO0PoOaA
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) October 9, 2020