Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has not had the best of times in Formula One. The Italian has consistently been slower than veteran teammate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn has almost always had the measure of Giovinazzi in qualifying and the race.
With three races done and dusted, Raikkonen has already amassed 12 points. In the meantime, Antonio Giovinazzi has no points at all to his credit. He has already raced in two Grand Prix in 2017, as a replacement for an injured Pascal Wehrlein. But both races were major disappointments for the Italian.
Speaking to RaceFans, Antonio Giovinazzi opened up on how difficult it was to adapt to the car. He said, “It’s just so many things that you can study and try to learn,”.
“It’s not only the [hot] lap, you need to learn the warm-up, the out-lap, brakes, managing the traffic.”
“It’s quite complicated so I need just time to learn these kinds of things. It’s not really easy to come after two years without racing. These are the things you need to improve and this is what I’m doing.”
Inspite of the fact that Raikkonen is beating him consistently, Antonio Giovinazzi is still glad to have him as a teammate. He believes that having someone of Raikkonen’s calibre is highly beneficial for the team. In essence, Antonio Giovinazzi is inspired by the 2007 Formula One World Champion. Even at the age of 39, he is still able to race competitively against other drivers.
“I think to also have Kimi as a teammate is a good reference. When I stop in the garage, watch his data and try to see what I can improve.
“[I’ll] just keep working like that and I think all the things will come together and then it will be just a lot more easy to have a good result.”