Alfa Romeo, formerly Sauber, is more than impressed with Kimi Raikkonen.
“Kimi drives without instructions,” Zehnder enthused. Indeed, Raikkonen is famous for once telling his Lotus engineer over the radio: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing.”
Alfa Romeo is even somewhat of a one-driver team at present, as Antonio Giovinazzi has scored just 1 of the team’s 31 points so far in 2019.
“We let him down a bit at the beginning of the season,” Zehnder said of the Italian. “But now he is improving more and more.”
“Kimi does it all by himself,” said Zehnder. “He understands everything.
“The engineers discuss with each other whether we need to change an engine setting, but at that very moment, Kimi changes it on his own. He knows exactly what he has to do and when,” he said.