“You Cannot Compete Against Money” – Antonio Giovinazzi Shares His Disappointments With F1 Exit

Published 12/27/2021, 11:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 4, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Antonio Giovinazzi has left the sport after three seasons with Alfa Romeo. The Italian driver mentioned that he will race in the Formula E series from next season. But he continued by mentioning that this was not goodbye from Formula One.

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Giovinazzi will be the reserve driver for the Scuderia Ferrari team in the 2022 season. He will help the team with the simulator and in setting up the car. The Italian expressed some disappointment while leaving the sport and gave his thoughts on his replacement, Guanyu Zhou.

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It’s not goodbye but goodbye: Antonio Giovinazzi

As reported by Sky. sport. it, Giovinazzi mentioned he was aware of the rumors surrounding him throughout the year, but he tried to ignore them. He also mentioned that he could not compete against money.

“But I do it with my head held high, after my best season in F1. On the other hand, you cannot compete against money. This is the bad thing about this sport. Unfortunately, it has always been like this,” said Antonio.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021, Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna

“When they told me the decision I felt a great disappointment, they were very difficult months. There were increasingly loud voices about me. I always tried to keep them away, but it wasn’t easy.” said Giovinazzi.

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But Antonio mentioned he was looking forward to the 2022 season and joining Ferrari as the reserve driver for the season.

”It’s not goodbye, but goodbye. In the meantime, I will continue to race in Formula E, then I’ll be at the service of Ferrari. It’s a great commitment for me, it’s the team that gave me everything.” said the former Alfa Romeo driver.

It is sad to see the Italian leaving the sport in this manner. He put in some amazing performances this season, especially in qualifying. He reached Q3 on some occasions out-qualifying the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and Alpine. But it was not enough to redeem his F1 career for now.

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Hopefully, he will enjoy his time in Formula E and with Ferrari in 2022.

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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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