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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
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Why 2022 progress is crucial after Alfa's year of F1 turmoil

One driver allowed to quietly retire, another one fired in a blaze of rancour. An American buy-out that never happened. A title sponsor demanding an annual right of review. No wonder Alfa Romeo is looking to start 2022 from a clean sheet, says ROBERTO CHINCHERO

While the results on track were thoroughly unexceptional, for Alfa Romeo Racing 2021 was a year destined to play a very important role in the future of the team. Behind the scenes of the Sauber Motorsport-operated organisation in Hinwil, Switzerland, cogs have been turning with the express purpose of executing great change on the financial and technical front – and, of course, the driver line-up.

As Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi laboured in vain to secure points on track, around the boardroom table the top management laid their plans. But among the various news to come out of the team, paradoxically the most important event, one which attracted great interest, was a decision... not taken. And it was a huge one: to sell or not to sell.

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