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Antonio Giovinazzi

Formula 1 driver

Antonio Giovinazzi
Credit: Sauber AG
Vital statistics for Antonio Giovinazzi
NationalityITA
BirthplaceMartina Franca, Italy
Born14 December 1993
Age23
F1 debutAustralian Grand Prix, 2017
Current teamHaas F1 Team

Giovinazzi made his F1 debut in a surprise appearance for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, stepping in at the last minute to cover for an injured Pascal Wehrlein. He is part of the Ferrari squad, signed to be their test and reserve driver over the 2016 off-season, after impressing in GP2 – finishing the series second overall.

F1 biography

Antonio Giovinazzi’s single seater experience began in Italy, before he made the move to the European and British Formula 3 Championships. In 2015, he finished second in the European F3 series, and then won the Masters of F3 event. Across the winter, he joined the Asian Le Mans series, where he finished third, and then for the 2016 season he joined GP2.

Driving for Prema Racing, Giovinazzi battled for the title right to the final round of the series but lost out and finished second in the championship. The efforts impressed Ferrari, however, who signed him up for some off-season simulator work and then became their official test and reserve driver for the 2017 season.

Antonio was called up to participate in the pre-season Barcelona testing for Sauber, replacing the recuperating Pascal Wehrlein. He was then called up to replace Pascal for the Australian Grand Prix, making his debut in FP3 on the Saturday.