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Kimi Raikkonen out of Italian Grand Prix as he continues Covid recovery

Alfa Romeo have confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will miss the Italian Grand Prix as he recovers from Covid. The Finn was replaced by Robert Kubica for last weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix after he tested positive for the virus.

A positive test threw a spanner in Alfa Romeo’s preparation for the race at Zandvoort and ruled Raikkonen out of the race.

And their preparations for this weekend’s race in Monza have taken a hit too, after the announcement the F1 great would not compete.

The Swiss-based team confirmed the driver switch this evening.

“As per health authority requirements, [Raikkonen] is still isolating in his home,” Alfa Romeo confirmed on Twitter.

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“Robert, who performed admirably in the Netherlands after stepping in at short notice before FP3, will return to the car alongside Antonio Giovinazzi.”

Kubica came home in 15th at Zandvoort, just one place behind team-mate Giovinazzi who had qualified in a career-best P7.

The Italian reportedly suffered a punctured tyre and struggled for pace in the race as he slid down the grid.

Raikkonen has two points to his name in the Drivers’ standings while Giovinazzi has one with Alfa Romeo struggling near the bottom of the grid.

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Raikkonen reportedly is yet to test negative and will not be available for the Italian Grand Prix.

Kubica will therefore travel to Italy where he will start after an admirable effort last week.

The Pole had a decent qualifying and survived to the end of the race.

Ironically, Kubica scored his first podium at Monza 15 years ago – it would be some feat if he could replicate that result.

Earlier today, Alfa Romeo announced they will race with a special livery at the Italian Grand Prix.

The event, which is taking place at the Monza Autodrome, is the team’s home race and so they will be pulling out the stops.

The Italian tricolore will be visible on both Alfa Romeo cars, while it will be a special race for Giovinazzi, the only Italian on the grid. 

Alfa Romeo are yet to announce their full driver line-up for 2022, as Giovinazzi has not yet been extended.

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