Antonio Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi
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Full Name: 
Antonio Giovinazzi
Birth Date: 
14 December, 1993
Driver Status: 
Current
Driver Height: 
185cm
Driver Weight: 
70kg
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Antonio Giovinazzi Biography

Antonio Giovinazzi - Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen driver

Antonio Giovinazzi Career Overview and Fast Links

  • Career Overview

  • 2021 F1 Team Launch

  • Pre-F1 Career

  • F1 Alfa Romeo (2019, 2020, 2021)

  • Fast Facts

Antonio Giovinazzi F1 Career Overview

Antonio Giovinazzi will enter into his third season competing in F1 and with the Alfa Romeo Racing team for the 2021 F1 World Championship season.

The only Italian on the F1 grid as it stands, Giovinazzi now has two full seasons under his belt as part of the Swiss-flagged Sauber-prepared Alfa Romeo factory outfit, while he also has two starts to his name with the erstwhile Sauber outfit from 2017 when he stepped in for Pascal Wehrlein.

To date [March 2021] he has seven top ten finishes from 40 starts with a best finish of fifth position in the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Antonio Giovinazzi Net Worth 2021: $560,000 (source)

Antonio Giovinazzi Driver Salary 2021: $1million (source)

* third-party source

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen 2021 F1 Team Launch

Antonio Giovinazzi - Route to F1

In what has been a lean few years for the usually strong Italian racing scene, Antonio Giovinazzi has nonetheless exceeded his countrymen in making it all the way to the pinnacle of the sport, albeit still in a somewhat unconventional manner.

Making his name in karting from an early age, Giovinazzi scored title glory in the Italian National Trophy 60cc and Euro Trophy 60 in 2006 before clinching the WSK Master Series in the KF2 class in both 2010 and 2011. He’d go on to enjoy success in lower tier single-seaters, firstly by strolling to the 2012 Formula Pilota China series and impressing during a guest stint in the similar regulation Italian-based Formula Abarth series.

F3

Earning himself a direct route into Formula 3, unusually Giovinazzi dovetailed his year with commitments in both the British and European Championships as part of the Double R Racing team. Though he endured a trying year on European soil en route to 17th overall - nonetheless well ahead of non-scoring team-mates Sean Gelael and Tatiana Calderon - he was runner-up to Jordan King in the UK.

Focusing on just European competition for 2014, Giovinazzi switched to Jagonya Ayam Carlin in one of six cars being entered by the British-based outfit, impressing with a pair of wins at the Red Bull Ring and the Nurburgring earning him sixth in the overall standings. 

Heading up the team for its 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship endeavour, Giovinazzi went toe-to-toe with the experienced Felix Rosenqvist for the title. After a strong start to the year, Giovinazzi couldn’t live with his Swedish rival’s consecutive stretch of victories during the closing stages, but six successes were enough to secure a comfortable runners-up spot. He would also claim a creditable fourth on his Macau Grand Prix debut

GP2

Stepping up to the GP2 Series in 2016, Giovinazzi formed one-half of Prema Racing’s inaugural effort, the Italian outfit stepping up a series having now accumulated five European/Euroseries F3 titles on the trot (this has now extended to an unbroken run of 10 teams’ titles as of 2020).

Prema quickly wasted no time asserting itself with GP2 machinery with both Giovinazzi and team-mate Pierre Gasly sprinting away at the head of the standings to form a tense title fight. Though the Italian went into the season finale with an 11 point cushion after a run of three wins in four races allowed him to overhaul his French counterpart, a timely win and perfect score (29 points) from Gasly in the season finale allowed him to lift the trophy.

Despite that disappointment, Giovinazzi impressed enough in his rookie campaign - whose five wins included him becoming the first driver in four years to claim two victories on the same weekend at Baku - to capture the attention of F1 teams and duly landed a plum test driver role with Ferrari to realise a lifelong dream of being associated with the iconic Scuderia.

That association led to him making a surprise F1 debut in 2017 for a two-race stint with Sauber, replacing the injured Pascal Wehrlein (see below).

Sportscars

Beyond his single-seater exploits, Giovinazzi dabbled in both prototype and GT sportscar racing with starts in the European Le Mans Series (2016 LMP2 - SMP Racing), FIA World Endurance Championship (2016 LMP2 - Extreme Speed Motorsports) and Asian Le Mans Series (2015-16 LMP2 Jagonya Ayam Eurasia, 3rd overall).

He also made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2018 with AF Corse in a GTE Pro Ferrari 488GTE Evo, finishing 20th overall and fifth in class alongside Toni Vilander and Pipo Derani. Additionally, he made his first DTM appearance in 2015 for Audi, completing a pair of non-scoring finishes at the Moscow Raceway.

Antonio Giovinazzi F1 Career (2017 - Present)

Antonio Giovinazzi 2017 F1 Results Overview
Sauber F1 Team
-Races2
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish12th (Australian GP)
-2017 F1 Points0 Points
-2017 F1 Championship Standing22nd

Though his full-time F1 debut wouldn’t come until 2019, Giovinazzi made a surprise early maiden outing in 2017 at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the following round in China in place of Pascal Wehrlein, who was forced to withdraw following free practice in Melbourne after failing to sufficiently recover from an injury suffered in a Race of Champions crash that left him unable to complete sustained laps.

Having already stepped in for Wehrlein during pre-season testing, Giovinazzi took the late call-up in his stride, stepping in for the hour-long FP3 session before impressing to qualify 16th on the grid, just two tenths shy of cracking Q2.

Going on to finish 12th in the race, Giovinazzi remained in the seat for the following Chinese Grand Prix but blotted his copybook with an error-strewn weekend, which included a heavy smash on the home straight caused by him striking a wet patch under the bridge that hadn’t dried from an earlier shower and spearing into the barriers. He was unhurt and able to start the race but failed to finish.

Retaining official reserve duties for Sauber until mid-season, Giovinazzi switched allegiance to Haas from Round 10 and completed seven Friday Free Practice outings for the team. 

Though it was expected he would replace either Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen in a race drive for 2018, the American team opted for an unchanged line-up, leaving Giovinazzi to focus on a reserve role for the now Alfa Romeo-backed Sauber outfit, taking in six FP1 sessions towards the end of the year.

Antonio Giovinazzi 2019 F1 Results Overview
Alfa Romeo Racing - Ferrari
-Races21
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish5th (Brazilian GP)
-2019 F1 Points14 Points
-2019 F1 Championship Standing17th

After almost two years on the sidelines, Giovinazzi formed one half of an all-new line-up for the rebranded Sauber-turned-Alfa Romeo Racing team alongside experienced 2008 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, in turn becoming the first Italian since Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2011 to complete a full season.

A rusty Giovinazzi endured a difficult start to life in F1 relative to team-mate Raikkonen but a single DNF all year meant only champion Lewis Hamilton proved a steadier hand behind the wheel come race day.

The slow start prevented Giovinazzi from making the most of the Alfa Romeo’s solid mid-field pace during the early stages of the year, which team-mate Raikkonen used to score 19 points by the time the Italian scored his first with a tenth place finish in Austria. 

However, while the Alfa Romeo slipped back down the hierarchy as rivals out-developed it, Giovinazzi was a more relative match for Raikkonen during the second-half of the year, leading to top ten finishes in Monza and Singapore before securing a fine fifth place finish in a chaotic finish at Interlagos, right behind the Finn.

Antonio Giovinazzi 2020 F1 Results Overview
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen - Ferrari
-Races17
-Wins0
-Podiums0
-Pole Positions0
-Best Finish9th (Austrian GP)
-2020 F1 Points4 Points
-2020 F1 Championship Standing17th

Retained for 2020, a ninth place finish in the opening round at Austria would prove the scant highlight during a tough campaign in which Alfa Romeo’s close alignment with the ailing Ferrari saw it also struggle for similar reasons, namely engine performance.

The effects would be felt most over a single lap with Giovinazzi failing to break out of Q1 on ten of 17 occasions, compared with just a single Q3 outing in a rain-affected Turkish Grand Prix. 

However, the Italian’s reputation was aided by Raikkonen suffering similar issues, with the pair almost level pegging in the qualifying head-to-head (Raikkonen 9 vs Giovinazzi 8). Moreover, the pair ended the year with four points apiece, Giovinazzi scoring also finishing tenth at the Nurburgring and Imola meaning he cracked the top ten on more occasions than the Finn.

Antonio Giovinazzi will drive with Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen in the 2021 F1 World Championship

Despite pressure from a bevy of upcoming Ferrari-backed talent and strong initial rumours of Mick Schumacher joining Alfa Romeo for F1 2021, the decision to place him at Haas instead allows Giovinazzi to retain his drive for a third season alongside Raikkonen in an unchanged driver line-up, with Robert Kubica staying on as test driver as part of the team’s title backing from oil firm Orlen.

Antonio Giovinazzi Fast Facts

  • Antonio Giovinazzi was born on 14 December 1993 in Martina Franca, Italy

  • Antonio Giovinazzi is reportedly dating fellow Italian Antonella Maraglino

  • He is one of the more experienced racers over different disciplines with starts in the DTM touring car series and is one of only two current F1 drivers to have competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours (the other being Fernando Alonso)