“Including Carlos Sainz” – Ferrari Boss Believes Giovinazzi Can Benefit from Expiring Contracts to Make His F1 Return

Published 01/02/2022, 5:18 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is seen in a protective face mask before the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Antonio Giovinazzi left Formula One at the end of the 2021 season. The Alfa Romeo Racing team dropped him in place of the Chinese driver, Guanyu Zhou. But Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is confident that the Italian driver can be back on the grid in 2023.

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Binotto mentioned he believes that there will be 11 vacant seats in the 2023 season. He hopes that Giovinazzi can snatch one of the seats and make a return to the sport. He will be the Ferrari Reserve Driver in the 2022 season and will work on the development and simulator of the car.

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Antonio proved to be a good driver: Ferrari team boss

As reported by Formula Passion, Binotto mentioned that the Italian driver will be working with them in the 2022 season. But he hinted that he could be back in 2023 because of the contract expiration of many drivers.

“Antonio proved to be a good driver. In the next season, he will have a complete program to play in the simulator, to update him on the driving style of 2022. Without doubt, there may be other opportunities for him to find a place in 2023,″ said Mattia.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is seen in a protective face mask before the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“I think there are 11 seats that will be released in 2023: I’m not saying they will all be free, but if I look at the driver contracts, 11 will expire at the end of 2022, including Carlos Sainz.

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This is why I think it is important for him to continue to be part of our Formula 1 program as a reserve, to continue to carry out activities in the simulator, and to keep him up to date with the cars of 2022.″said the Ferrari team boss.

It would be nice to see the Italian driver back in a Formula One car. During his time in F1, he showed a lot of promise and glimpses of the pace to compete with the best. Hopefully, he will get a competitive car if he makes his return to F1 in 2023.

What are your predictions for Ferrari in 2022? Do you think they can finally challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the titles?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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