Antonio Giovinazzi believes that there will be strong communication between himself and Kimi Raikkonen next season. The two will be teammates at Sauber, with Raikkonen returning on a two-year deal to the team he made his F1 debut with in 2001.
Giovinazzi already has two races under his belt with Sauber, as he stood in for an injured Pascal Wehrlein for the opening two races of the 2017 season. However, he has previously stated that he doesn't believe his experience two years ago will aid him.
At the post-season test in Abu Dhabi, Giovinazzi revealed that he held extensive discussions with the Iceman: "Charles [Leclerc] said he talked to Vettel from time to time and Kimi a little,” Giovinazzi told Sky Italia.
“But on the day of testing I talked with him a lot, like never before. He is very motivated by this new experience, so as a world champion who is winning again he will help me to develop and will not deny me any help.”
Raikkonen leaves Ferrari after five years in his second stint with them. Having enjoyed a strong partnership with Sebastian Vettel for four of those years at the team, he is not expecting anything to change between himself and the four-time world champion.
“I’m sure we’re going to see each other often,” Raikkonen said. “I don’t think it has changed from when we met for the first time to today, so I don’t see why it is going to change anywhere even though we’re not racing in the same team. We will stay friends, and I’m sure we’ll travel together sometimes and see each other.”
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing