SPIAZE! Giovinazzi Trolls Norris After Italy Sink England to Clinch Euro 2020

Published 07/12/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

After a hectic weekend for sport culminating with the Euro 2020 final, Italy edged a win over England on penalties to lift the prestigious trophy. And with 14 European drivers in the current F1 paddock, it was a matter of time before they started making fun of each other.


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Two such drivers were Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris. After an enthralling final, the Italian poked fun at his British rival on social media.

Giovinazzi gets even with Norris after Italy win Euro 2020


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Fans across the world anticipated a thrilling final, and England and Italy delivered just that at Wembley last night. In fact, with scores locked at 1-1 after extra time, the game went to penalties to yield a winner. Although England led the shootout initially, Italy stormed back to clinch their first European title in 53 years.

In the build-up to yesterday’s final, various drivers and teams indulged themselves in friendly banter. Norris attended the final at Wembley and put out a post of support towards England on Instagram after the trophy presentation.

Giovinazzi didn’t hold back on the banter, replying“Maybe you don’t know what it means but… SPIAZE!”

The word “Spiaze” was used by the current coach of Inter Milan, Simone Inzaghi, who often used this word to say sorry in Italian. In fact, it trended worldwide on social media as various fans mocked Inzaghi with the word.

Although Norris may not know Italian, he definitely knows his memes, which would help him understand Giovinazzi on this occasion.


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Can Giovinazzi bring home points for his Italian team at Silverstone?

While Euro 2020 now in the past, England will immerse itself in the spectacle that is the British Grand Prix. With Silverstone allowing full crowds, drivers can expect to hear over 140,000 fans screaming their hearts out this weekend.

Although Giovinazzi has just one point this season, the Italian showed promise during the recently concluded tripleheader. However, the Alfa Romeo might not have enough pace to trouble the top 10 on a track like Silverstone.


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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

This weekend, McLaren and Ferrari look most likely to continue the England-Italy battle. With just 19 points separating them in the constructor’s championship, Silverstone promises huge implications for the midfield battle.

Can Norris and Ricciardo help the Woking-based outfit get back at their Italian rivals? Only time will tell.


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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.