Alfa Romeo Racing driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been hit with a three-place grid penalty and a penalty point on his racing licence by the stewards...
Antonio Giovinazzi is an Italian Formula 1 driver for Alfa Romeo Racing. Giovinazzi is the first Italian F1 driver since Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi left the sport at the end of 2011. Since then, Formula 1 has been without a permanent driver from Italy, until now.
Giovinazzi signed his first full year F1 contract with Alfa Romeo Racing, replacing the Indycar bound Marcus Ericsson.
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Born in Martina Franca, in the South of Italy, Giovinazzi began competitive karting aged 13 in 2006 and his talent immediately shone, winning the Italian 60cc National Trophy.
Moving into single seaters, Giovinazzi took an unusual route through Formula Pilota China in 2012, a series he won, racking up six race wins in the process.
Three years in European Formula 3 were to follow, with a best finish of second in 2015, finishing above four other F1 drivers on the grid for 2019; Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll, George Russell and Alexander Albon.
During the season, Giovinazzi went on an impressive run of seven podiums in a row, which included podiums at all three races at both Zandvoort and the Red Bull Ring.
Following his impressive 2015 European F3 season, Giovinazzi made the progression to GP2, joining the Prema Racing team, partnering Red Bull’s new driver, Pierre Gasly.
Giovinazzi led his team mate in the championship going into the final race by just one point after winning five races in the season, but Gasly took a crucial win in Abu Dhabi, which left Giovinazzi needing to win the sprint race to take the title.
The Italian could only finish sixth, and Gasly took the title.
Entry in Formula 1
The Australian Grand Prix will not be Giovinazzi’s first taste of Formula 1 racing. He filled in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at the opening two races in 2017 for Sauber, in Australia and China and left a good mark on the sport despite not picking up any points.
Giovinazzi will have the tough task of being team mates with Kimi Raikkonen, 2007 World Champion and winner of the 2018 US Grand Prix.
Giovinazzi’s successes in Formula 2 as a test driver for Haas and Ferrari in 2017, but received an opportunity to make his Formula 1 debut in Australia to replace Wehrlein. The German injured his back in a crash at the Race of Champions and was unfit for the first two races.
On his debut at Albert Park, Giovinazzi was unlucky to miss out on Q2, qualifying in 16th. During the race, he showed his ability, finishing in 12th.
On his second race in China, he did make the second part of qualifying, but suffered a crash at the end of the session.
Antonio Giovinazzi News
Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi summoned to stewards post-qualifying!
Both Red Bull Racing's Pierre Gasly and Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi have been summoned to the stewards after qualifying, with both drivers...
Giovinazzi: “I hope to be in Q3”
Antonio Giovinazzi has high hopes for himself and Alfa Romeo as he targets Q3 in qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Antonio Giovinazzi on his "tough" debut F1 season
Antonio Giovinazzi has admitted that he has struggled for confidence in his debut season as a full-time Formula 1 driver. As the only non-Williams...
Alfa Romeo will make changes if Giovinazzi doesn't improve - Lehto
JJ Lehto has warned Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi that he could face being dropped by the team if his results do not improve as he continues...
Alfa Romeo didn't show potential - Vasseur
Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur has admitted the team failed to show its full potential throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.
Liveblog: The Spanish Grand Prix
It's here! Finally, the build-up is over and we don't have much longer to wait until the start of the Spanish Grand Prix. After Mercedes have...
Antonio Giovinazzi gets a five-place (1 place) grid drop for a gearbox change
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been handed a five-place grid job because his mechanics were forced to change his gearbox overnight....
Kimi Raikkonen plays down his vital role at Alfa Romeo
Kimi Raikkonen believes he's "just a driver like in any other team" despite helping his younger teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, grow and pushing...
Giovinazzi: "I'm sure I can go for points in Barcelona for the first time"
Antonio Giovinazzi is confident he can secure his first points of the season for Alfa Romeo this weekend in Spain, following his poor start to...
Raikkonen thinks it's unjustified to judge Giovinazzi so early
Kimi Raikkonen believes it would be "very unfair" to judge his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi on his first three races in Formula 1.
Antonio Giovinazzi aiming for race points despite 10-place grid penalty
Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi entered Q3 for the first time and beat his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen in Baku. Despite his 10-place grid penalty,...
Alfa Romeo targetting double-points finish in Baku
Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur believes that both of his cars have the ability to finish in the points this weekend. Kimi Raikkonen has scored...
Giovinazzi to take 10-place grid penalty in Baku
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi is set to take a 10-place grid penalty for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix due to taking on a new Control Electronics...
Raikkonen not making any predictions ahead of Azerbaijan GP
Kimi Raikkonen says he will not be making any guesses as to where he or Alfa Romeo Racing expects to finish in Azerbaijan due to the unpredictable...
Alfa Romeo explain Giovinazzi's issues so far
From the outside, it seems as if Alfa Romeo’s new driver Antonio Giovinazzi has struggled to adapt to the demands of a full time F1 race...
Giovinazzi on Raikkonen: He is a fantastic driver with a lot experience"
Antonio Giovinazzi has heaped the praise on his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen describing him as a “fantastic driver” following his positive...
Giovinazzi admits it's "not easy" adapting to F1 after 2 years without racing
Alfa Romeo Racing driver Antonio Giovinazzi has admitted it hasn't been easy for him adapting to Formula 1 after two years with hardly any racing,...
"Frustrating" Giovinazzi has the talent
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has had a tough start to his second spell in F1 but Frederic Vasseur has insisted the Italian does have...
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