Antonio Giovinazzi hopes to start his fourth season with Alfa Romeo next year, but for now it is unclear whether we will see the Italian back on the grid next F1 season. There is a chance that Giovinazzi is working on his last season in Formula 1.
If it is up to Ferrari, Antonio Giovinazzi will still drive in the premier class of Formula 1 next F1 season. However, there is a good chance that we will not see the Italian again in Formula 1 from next season. Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is not yet clear about Giovinazzi’s chances with regard to a contract extension. The Frenchman has also indicated that he wants to take the time until the end of September to give the talents in the entry classes a chance to prove themselves. As a result, it may just be that ‘Gio’ has to make way for a talent like Guanyu Zhou or Theo Pourchaire, who are both currently competing in Formula 2.
“Antonio is still our reserve driver and belongs to the Ferrari family”, Mattia Binotto says about Giovinazzi’s situation to, among others Fpal. “But in the end it is the team’s choice to decide who will drive for it. For us it would be fantastic if Antonio also drives for Alfa Romeo next year. We think he is a good driver and he has a seat in Formula 1 deserves. We just can’t put pressure on Alfa Romeo.”
“We are Alfa Romeo’s power-unit supplier and that’s why we keep in touch about the partnership we have. We will always evaluate the drivers in the construction we have,” words that give Binotto Giovinazzi some hope. Still, the key no longer seems to be in the hands of the 27-year-old driver and he will have to wait and see what Vasseur’s decision will be.
Giovinazzi himself informed RacingNews365 during the Grand Prix of the Netherlands that he is still fully focused on a career in Formula 1.