“Thank Him for Life” – Giovinazzi Reveals Legend Responsible for Bringing Him to Ferrari F1

Published 09/13/2021, 1:35 PM EDT
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


Antonio Giovinazzi is the only Italian driver in Formula One right now. He is a Ferrari Academy Driver and has been driving in F1 with Alfa Romeo Racing since the start of 2019. He has put in some stellar performances in the sport since his debut and is known for his raw speed.

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In his latest interview, Giovinazzi tells the story of how he was selected by Sergio Marchionne for Ferrari. He also mentioned that one of his early helmets in his junior career paid tribute to a former Ferrari legend.

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Antonio Giovinazzi shares his memory of Sergio Marchionne

Former Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne brought Antonio Giovinazzi into Ferrari Driver Academy. The Italian shares his memories of Marchionne and how he impacted his life and career.

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

He was one of those people who, when you looked at them, you thought: this one has something more than the others. He made you very intimidated, but he took me to Ferrari, and I will have to thank him for life.

Sergio believed a lot in Italians as soon as he took me and said: “I’m glad you’re Italian.” said Giovinazzi.

Alfa Romeo’s driver explains the story behind his helmet in his junior career

As reported by Gazzetta. it, the Italian mentioned he used to customize his helmets in his early years of racing. He mentioned that one of his helmets was like Ferrari driver, Michael Schumacher.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021, Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Florian Goga

“The first real one, at 7, yes. It was very Ferrari, red with the stars and the Cavallino, like that of Schumacher’s time,” said Antonio.

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When asked if his beloved city Puglia has ever appeared on his helmet, Giovinazzi replied, “Just last year, in Monza. With a trullo.” [ Translated by Google].

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Antonio is in the last season of his contract with Alfa Romeo. He will look to improve his performances to improve his chances of staying in Formula One. He has qualified in the top-10 in the last two races and will look to convert them into race results.

Will Giovinazzi stay in F1 in 2022? Let us know.

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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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