Giovinazzi hopeful of stronger campaign

13 February 2021 01:30:29 GMTPlus10

Antonio Giovinazzi is predicting the 2021 Formula One season will prove "more fun" for Alfa Romeo with a new engine tipped to give them more power.

The Alfa Romeo duo of Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen endured a torrid 2020, combining to win just eight points as they struggled at the back of the grid.

Giovinazzi's best finish was ninth – in the season-opener in Austria – and he would eventually finish down in 17th place in the Drivers' Championship.

But the 27-year-old Italian is confident after seeing the unveiling of the new Alfa Romeo that his third season behind the wheel will be far more productive.

Giovinazzi says the new car isn't the prettiest courtesy of a more tapered nose but he says looks will count for nothing if the new Ferrari engine can get him more competitive in qualifying and on race days.

Last year Giovinazzi only once made it through to final qualifying and finished a disappointing campaign with ten less points than he had clocked up in his debut campaign in 2019.

"We hope it brings us something in terms of tenths," the former Formula 3 European champion told Italy's Sky Sport 24. "The unknown is the power unit but we hope here it can go better and allow us to have a lot more fun."

The new season gets underway in Bahrain at the end of March and while Giovinazzi is pleased with the work Alfa Romeo and Ferrari have put in over the winter, his team are still 3001.00 shots to win the constructors' title.

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