With Alfa Romeo being part of the wider family, in terms of corporate structure as well as a technical tie-up that means Alfa’s F1 operation utilises technology and some ex- personnel, being at this year’s race to cheer Alfa Romeo on will effectively make you a cheerleader for ’s F1 B-team.

was on pole position and briefly led last year’s for , and the 2007 world champion now spearheads Alfa’s attack on the driving front. Giovinazzi was also drafted in from , having spent last season as the ’s simulator driver, which required him to evaluate crucial car set-up changes for during race weekends.

“In Italy we have two fantastic brands in and Alfa Romeo and there is a lot of support for me also,” Giovinazzi recently told F1 Racing. “I can’t wait for , because it will be crazy for me as an Italian driver racing there in F1.”

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, leads Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C38

Charles Leclerc, SF90, leads Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C38

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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing

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It will be down to you to help will Giovinazzi and his team on to ever greater heights, as part of a mini Alfa Tifosi on the outside of the approach to ’s Parabolica. Alfa Romeo currently sits seventh in F1’s constructors’ championship, embroiled in a close fight for fifth with Toro Rosso, , Racing Point and . Only 17 points separates these five teams, which means a good result at could make a big difference to Alfa’s 2019 fortunes.

Raikkonen himself lies eighth in the drivers’ standings, with only McLaren’s Carlos Sainz having scored more points among the 14 drivers racing outside of F1’s ‘big three’ teams (, and Red Bull). Raikkonen has crossed the finish line in a points paying position in each of the past five races (Alfa is appealing a double disqualification from the top 10 in ), so he will likely be a nailed-on top-10 contender at if he and Alfa enjoy a smooth weekend.

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari before the drivers parade

, Alfa Romeo Racing and Sebastian Vettel, before the drivers parade

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Giovinazzi has found the going tougher during his first full season in F1 (he did two races for Sauber in 2017 subbing for an injured Pascal Wehrlein), scoring only one point so far, subject to a successful appeal against his own German GP exclusion. But the Italian is certainly capable of being a top-10 threat at his home race if he keeps his head together.

Giovinazzi has spent the first part of this season closely observing experienced team-mate Raikkonen, even adjusting his own technique after watching onboard videos of Kimi’s driving, and Giovinazzi feels he is “growing up a lot” with every passing race.

There’s every chance you could witness his best one yet in F1, while experiencing the unique thrill of the with other Alfa Romeo fans.

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Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C38

, Alfa Romeo Racing C38

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