Andrea Kimi Antonelli: Soon to be on the road in a 2021 / Formula 1 car

Andrea Kimi Antonelli: Soon to be on the road in a 2021 / Formula 1 car

Mercedes talent Andrea Kimi Antonelli will soon be driving a vintage GP race. Although he is expected to test the 2022 car, he should only accelerate in the 2021 model. For good reason, as team boss Toto Wolff explains.

It is no coincidence that Andrea Kimi Antonelli is one of the great race prospects. The Mercedes apprentice has already taken overall victories in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany in 2022, and last year added titles in the Middle East Regional Championship and the European Formula Regional Championship.

The 17-year-old from Bologna will soon be able to step on the gas in the Formula 1 race: He is scheduled to appear in the 2021 race with the stars on April 16. The young Italian, who is one of the candidates to succeed Lewis Hamilton next year, will then get to know each other and other models. It is no coincidence that he will initially accelerate in the W12, as Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff revealed.

“We have planned a few missions for him to get used to driving a Formula 1 car. He will drive the 2021 model for the first time in Austria because we wanted to give him an experience of what a good car feels like before we take him to the 2022 race,” Wolff revealed in a press conference. of the team boss at Suzuka.

“He has been one of our young drivers for some time now, and we want to know what he can do behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car,” added the Viennese, who also emphasized: “We have had Kimi’s program for a long time and we extended it to include a few days of experiments.