Alfa Romeo Racing has announced that Antonio Giovinazzi will continue to race with the team for a second year in 2020, marking an unchanged Formula 1 line-up for the Swiss-based squad.

Giovinazzi was signed by Alfa Romeo for his first full season in F1 this year after making two substitute appearances for the team in 2017, and has scored four points so far.

The Italian has been left waiting on confirmation of his F1 future despite positive hints from team boss Frederic Vasseur, but has now been formally confirmed by Alfa Romeo, as per an announcement made on Monday morning.

"I am very happy to be staying with the team for 2020," Giovinazzi said. "I am grateful for the incredible level of support I received in my first full season in Formula 1. Everyone in the team has stuck by my side since I joined and I am really looking forward to continuing our journey together.

"We learned a lot this year and I am confident we can make a big step forward next season. I won’t be a rookie anymore so there won’t be any excuses for me: I want to be competitive right from the start of the championship and repay the confidence the team has shown in me.”

"Antonio has done really well this year and I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm he will stay with Alfa Romeo Racing for 2020," added Vasseur.

"The way he has integrated into the team and has consistently improved throughout his first full season in the sport are very promising and we cannot wait to unlock his full potential as we continue to work together.

"Antonio has emerged as a very quick driver, even alongside as tough a benchmark as Kimi, and we expect him to develop even further as his experience grows. His technical feedback, work ethics and positive approach will help us continue to push our team forward, and so will the consistency of an unchanged line-up for next season."

Giovinazzi will race alongside Kimi Raikkonen once again in 2020, leaving just three unconfirmed seats on the grid for next year at Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Williams.

 

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