Italian F1 driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, has shown an upward trajectory since his debut with Alfa Romeo in 2019. Ferrari is constantly eyeing the growth of their homeboy and even felt that his 2020 outing was more than enough to hand him his third straight full season in F1.
With the 2021 season inching closer, Giovinazzi opened up that Ferrari had already set “clear” targets for him.
Speaking to Autosport, the Italian revealed Ferrari’s only expectations from him over the upcoming season. “For Ferrari, it’s quite clear. They want that I continue to progress [as] a driver and to get the results,” he said.
“This is quite clear also from my side. So it’s my target for next season.”
Giovinazzi joined the F1 paddock in 2017, but not as a full-time driver. Instead, Sauber took him in as a test driver and handed him occasional practice sessions.
However, his F1 career took off after Pascal Wehrlein suffered a massive crash during the 2017 Race of Champions. Consequently, Sauber handed Giovinazzi a couple of race weekends, while the German fought his way through the recovery.
Then, Ferrari’s sister team, Alfa Romeo, took over the team from Sauber, after playing the role of title sponsors for a season. Hence, Ferrari preferred the Italian over other available drivers and lined him up alongside the experienced Kimi Raikkonen.
The 27-year-old opened up that he is looking forward to working alongside Kimi for yet another season.
“And from the other side, I want to just again work really well with the team like we worked in together in these last two seasons. And for me, I feel like family already [here] because it will be my third season,” he said.
“It’s nice to work again together, and with Kimi as well. Like this, it would be just more easy to progress [as] a driver as well.”
For a brief period during the 2020 season, it looked like Alfa Romeo might leave out Giovinazzi over the following season, and opt for the Ferrari-favourite, Mick Schumacher.
However, at the very last moment, Ferrari decided to keep Giovinazzi in their sister team and pushed the German into their other customer team, Haas.
Hence, it looks like Ferrari has given the 27-year-old a lifeline, and ultimately another dull season could see the Giovinazzo bowing out of F1, and moving into a different racing series.
Eventually, will Giovinazzi fulfill Ferrari’s demands in 2021 and secure his seat until the end of 2022? Furthermore, could he impress Ferrari enough to secure a seat in the dream team? Let’s wait and watch how the future unfolds.