Mattia Binotto is sure that Antonio Giovinazzi will return to Formula 1. The Italian will no longer be admired in the sport next season, as his seat has been given to Guanyu Zhou. The driver is now going to seek refuge in Formula E and will possibly drive a race in Formula 1 next year as a reserve driver for Ferrari. The team boss of the Italian racing stable says that the rider must pin his hopes on 2023.
Giovinazzi was told this year that there is no place for him in the sport in 2022. For the past three years, the driver has driven for the Alfa Romeo team. However, he was unable to convince the Swiss team to offer him a longer stay with the team this season. Binotto is confident the opportunities will present themselves again for Giovinazzi. “There is no doubt that Antonio will have another opportunity,” the team boss is quoted as saying by RaceFans.
Most contracts in Formula 1 expire that year. “I think eleven contracts will expire in 2023,” Binotto continues. ‘Of course that does not mean that all those seats will be free at the end of next season, but it can offer an opening. The contract of Carlos (Sainz, ed.) also expires, for example.’ However, Binotto has already indicated that he will meet with the Spanish driver to discuss a contract extension.
Giovinazzi as Ferrari test driver
It is important for the team from Maranello that there is an Italian name in Formula 1. This driver would prefer to drive for Ferrari himself, but those places seem to have been given to Charles Leclerc and Sainz for the time being. Still, Giovinazzi can hope for a chance to represent the red colors of the team. “It is important for him to remain part of Formula 1. Especially if places become available in 2023. With us he will get the chance to drive in the simulators and get a feel for the new cars,” concludes Binotto.