Antonio Giovinazzi – Biography

Antonio Maria Giovinazzi was born on 14 December 1993 in Italy. He spent most of his life in Italy, his home country, and debuted as an Italian player at karting.

Antonio Giovinazzi – Early Career

1) Karting

In 2000, Antonio Giovinazzi started karting. He achieved the champion titles at the 2006 Italian National Trophy for 60cc and the 60 Euro Trophy. During 2010 and 2011, he won WSK Master Series titles in the KF2 category.

2) Formula Pilota China

In 2012, Antonio Giovinazzi raced for the first time in Formula Pilota China. In his debut season, he won six races to earn the overall championship. Furthermore, he participated in the final round of Formula Abarth season 2012 at Monza for the BVM team. He won two races and came in second in another as a guest driver, but he didn’t earn any points.

3) Formula Three

Antonio Giovinazzi raced in the British F3 Championship in 2013. He secured first-place positions in two races at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone and finished second overall. Following that, Giovinazzi participated in the Masters of F3 and ended up tenth.

Giovinazzi competed in the Formula 3 European Championship in 2003. During the first race at Brands Hatch Circuit, he finished 11th, earning his first points. During the final race of the season in Hockenheim, he achieved his best result by finishing sixth. Despite finishing 15th in the title race, Giovinazzi had 45 points.

Antonio Giovinazzi partnered with Jagonya Ayam to race in the 2014 F3 European Championship. At Hockenheim, he secured second position and his first podium position. Antonio secured a pole win at Red Bull Ring and secured another win from pole position at Nurburging. As the season ended, he was in the sixth position with 238 points in the championship. Besides winning two races, he also collected two poles, seven podiums, and three fastest laps.

After finishing his European F3 season, Giovinazzi participated in Macau Grand Prix in 2015 with Carlin and qualified for the fourth-place position. After colliding with Daniel Juncadella on the first lap of the qualifying race, he caused a multi-car pile-up. As a result of the incident, Giovinazzi was penalized for 20 seconds, demoting him to 10th place. However, he was able to recover to finish 4th in the main event.

4) Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

In 2015, Antonio Giovinazzo raced for Audi Sports Team at the Moscow Raceway and secured a nineteenth and twenty-first place position in those races.

5) Endurance Racing

In 2016, Giovinazzi competed in the Asian Series along with Sean Gelael. At Sepang and Buriram, they participated in two final races and won both. In the European Series round at Silverstone, Giovinazzi came fifth for SMP Racing.

Antonio Giovinazzi raced in the 2016 World Endurance Championship, finishing fourth in the LMP2 category with his teammates. He then competed in the Shanghai endurance circuit and finished second. In 2018 he competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and secured a fifth-place finish in GTE class.

6) GP2 Series

For 2016, Antonio now signed up with Prema Powerteam for racing sessions along with Pierre Gasly. After a poor opening race, he quickly recovered to win two first-place races at Baku.

He took pole position at the Spa racing series and secured a first-place win in the sprint race. In the Monza races, he again took pole position but later got disqualified following mechanical difficulties. Antonio had sat in the last position when he started the race but later climbed and secured first place.

Antonio was able to surpass other competitors and placed himself in the fifth-place position at Sepang International Circuit. As Giovanni tried to end his season with a victory, another teammate Gasly, defeated him. In the end, Gasly won the championship over Giovanni.

Antonio Giovinazzi – Formula One Career

Scuderia Ferrari announced in September that Antonio Giovanni would be driving for them for the 2016 season.

1) Race Debut as Test and Reserve Driver (2017–2018)

Antonio appeared as a test-race driver for Sauber to replace one of their injured players Pascal Wehrlein. During his debut race at the Australian Grand Prix, he finished in the twelfth position. Antonio replaced Wehrlein in the Chinese Grand Prix, where he suffered an early retirement both in qualifying and on the track due to a crash.

In 2017, he signed up with Haas and competed in seven practice sessions. Relatively, Giovinazzi participated as a test race driver for Ferrari and Sauber simultaneously for the 2018 season. In addition, he also participated in six Sauber free practice sessions over the season.

2) Alfa Romeo (2019–Present)

For the 2019 season, he participated as a driver for Alfa Romeo and replaced their previous player Marcus Ericsson. Giovinazzi scored his first points at the Austrian Grand Prix after going eight races without a point and secured 10th place. In the next race in Britain, he retired due to a mechanical issue for the first time in the season. A crash ended his race at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he was in 9th position. As of now, Giovinazzi had accumulated one point, while Raikkonen had accumulated 31 points.

Antonio Giovinazzi had a more successful second half of the season. In his first race at home in Formula One, he finished ninth and earned points after the Belgian Grand Prix. Antonio led a Formula One Grand Prix race for the first time in Singapore on lap 27. He finishes in 10th place after his second consecutive point-scoring performance. As a result of Lewis Hamilton‘s penalty, he finished the Brazilian Grand Prix fifth, a career-best result. Giovinazzi finished the season with 14 points and finished 17th in the championship.

Giovinazzi and Raikkonen will be Alfa Romeo’s players for 2020. At the season’s first race in Austria, Antonio qualified 18th but finished 9th as many other cars retired. He lost control during the Belgian Grand Prix and suffered a crash. Furthermore, he ended the Eifel Grand Prix 10th and scored two points. In the Emilia Romagna GP, he started from the last position and finished 10th.

Antonio Giovinazzi qualified in the 3rd qualifying (Q3) session at the Turkish Grand Prix for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, he subsequently had gearbox issues and had to retire from the race. As the season came to an end, Antonio stood in seventeenth place with four points in the drivers’ championship.

In the year of 2021, Alfa Romeo again announced Giovinazzi as their driver. Antonio qualified 10th position for the Monaco Grand Prix, and he finished in the same position, scoring the first points for the team. Following this, he finished 11th in Azerbaijan.

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