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Alfa Romeo is open to defending young Ferrari F1 drivers in the future.

Alfa Romeo announced in November that it will compete with a brand new driver pair in 2022 after signing with Mercedes-participating Valtteri Bottas and Formula Two graduate Guanyu Zhou.

It is the first time that F1 has not defended one of the young drivers of Marche in Italy since the team’s existing engine contract was launched and agreed with Ferrari in 2018.

Current Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc made his debut in 2018 with the team (then known as Sauber). After Leclerc was promoted to Ferrari’s senior team, Jobinati gave up his seat from 2019.

Alfa Romeo team boss Vasul Confirmed in July After gaining flexibility in negotiating with Ferrari about a new customer’s power unit contract, he said he would be free to choose the 2022 lineup.

However, at the end of the season, Vasul revealed that Alfa Romeo would remain open to running young Ferrari drivers in the future, depending on the circumstances and circumstances.

“It’s not because we decided to choose another option that we wouldn’t be able to work with Ferrari again in the future,” Vasul told Autosport.

“Because of the driver collaboration, we can’t plan for the next 10 years, so we have to do it on a case-by-case basis. [and say] “OK, in the next 10 years you will get a newcomer.”Ferrari does not need to have a driver [graduate to F1] Every year.

“Also, there are no drivers at the entrance of the pipe every year.

“We need to work on a case-by-case basis, which is fully understood by both parties.”

Frederick Vasul, Team Principal, Alfa Romeo Racing, Gwenzer Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1

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In addition to Leclerc and Giovinazzi, many young Ferrari drivers have enjoyed running F1 with the Alfa Romeo team in recent years.

Callum Ilott, a runner-up for F2 2020, was a test and reserve driver for Alfa Romeo last year, and Mick Schumacher attended the team’s F1 practice session before graduating from Haas in 2021.

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