Antonio Giovinazzi

Full Name:
Antonio Maria Giovinazzi
Born:
14th December 1993 (Age 24)
Martina Franca, Apulia
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This laid-back southern Italian is a Ferrari junior driver who made his Formula 1 debut in 2017 when deputising for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. Antonio Giovinazzi remains on the brink of Grand Prix racing as Sauber’s reserve driver for 2018.

Formula Pilota China was Giovinazzi’s unlikely destination for his single-seater bow in 2012. Champion at the first attempt, he won twice as BVM’s guest driver in the final weekend of that year’s Formula Abarth Championship at Monza.

European Formula 3 Championship

Formula 3 graduation in 2013 was with a Double R Racing Dallara F312-Mercedes in the European and curtailed British championships. He struggled in the former but won at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps’ wet race to finish as runner-up to Jordan King in the British series. He switched to Carlin for a second European F3 season in 2014 and recovered from a mid-season dip in form and tendency to overdrive to win during successive weekends at Spielberg and the Nürburgring.

He remained with Carlin for a third F3 season in 2015 and challenged Felix Rosenqvist for the title until the penultimate weekend. Giovinazzi won the Zandvoort Masters and another six European F3 races as he finished as runner-up behind the Swede. Fourth in Macau, he also made his DTM debut at Moscow Raceway when replacing Audi’s suspended Timo Scheider.

GP2 Series runner-up

Giovinazzi joined newcomers Prema Racing for the 2016 GP2 Series and challenged for the title during his rookie year. He crashed at Barcelona before claiming both wins on the new Baku street circuit – taking race two after an opportunist pass of team-mate Pierre Gasly. He outraced Oliver Rowland to claim second in the Silverstone feature but surrendered the points lead when beaten by Gasly in Hungary. He qualified on pole at Spa-Francorchamps and responded to a disappointing feature race by winning Sunday’s sprint. He won the feature races at Monza (from the back of the grid) and Sepang (having passed Sergey Sirotkin) to lead the championship entering the Yas Marina finale. Fifth and sixth that weekend was not enough as Gasly stole the championship.

Ferrari reserve and Formula 1 debut

Named as Ferrari reserve driver for the 2017 World Championship, Giovinazzi replaced the injured Pascal Wehrlein in the opening two GPs of the season. His Sauber C36-Ferrari was 12th in the Australian GP but Giovinazzi crashed next time out in China. He was Haas F1’s Friday test driver for seven subsequent championship rounds.

Giovinazzi will join Kimi Räikkönen at Sauber in 2019.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018/2019 World Endurance Championship
AF Corse
1 0 0 0 0
2018 F1 World Championship
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
0 (3) 0 0 0 0
2017 F1 World Championship
Haas Formula 1 Team
Sauber F1 Team
2 (7) 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 0
2016 GP2 Series
Prema Racing
22 3 8 5
23% win rate
2nd 211
2016 World Endurance Championship
Extreme Speed Motorsport
2 0 0 0 34th 3
2015 European F3 Championship
Carlin
33 4 20 6
19% win rate
2nd 412.5
2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
Audi Sport Team Phoenix
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 0
2014 European F3 Championship
Carlin
33 2 7 2
7% win rate
6th 238
2013 European F3 Championship
Raikkonen Robertson Racing
30 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 31