Antonio Giovinazzi Reveals His Defining Moment of the 2020 F1 Season

Published 02/14/2021, 6:30 AM EST
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)


Antonio Giovinazzi has been around in F1 for some time now and is on the grid on his own merit. The former Ferrari junior, though, had hit a snag in his form during the 2020 season.

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Having started off with a P9 in Austria, it seemed like the Italian could get a lot more performance out of the team’s C39 car. Following that, however, he completed a series of races where he could muster only bottom half finishes.

The going got tougher and more miserable when he crashed into the barriers during the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix. Speaking in an interview, Giovinazzi mentioned how that race became a turning point for him in the season.

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Important thing is to learn from the mistakes, said Antonio Giovinazzi

The Italian driver stated, “Of course it was not a great race. Well it was one of my best races until that moment.

“The important thing is not to not do the mistakes, but the important thing is to learn from the mistakes, and this is what I did. I just turned the page, especially because after Spa I had a really important weekend with my first home grand prix at Monza.”

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 06: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

There were indications of a turnaround in the race at Sochi, where Giovinazzi ultimately finished P11. He crowned it off by finishing ninth at Monza, which also was his home race.

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“I wanted to do well at that moment and I think I did the right fix, turn the page and have a great result in Monza. After that moment, you have your confidence going high because the result is good and this makes things a lot more easier,” concluded Giovinazzi.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 04: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 04, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Giovinazzi earned a renewal for 2021 at Alfa Romeo, despite increased speculation over his seat. He can now seek to further learn alongside teammate Kimi Raikkonen at an environment that is not necessarily very demanding.

Therefore, the 2021 season offers hope for Giovinazzi, as he aims to better himself this year. For all we know, he could turn out to be the surprise package in an action-packed 2021 campaign.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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