Antonio Giovinazzi facts for kids
Giovinazzi in 2019
|Born||14 December 1993
Martina Franca, Italy
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||11 (11 starts)|
|First entry||2017 Australian Grand Prix|
|Last entry||2019 Monaco Grand Prix|
|2020 position||17th (4 pts)|
Antonio Maria Giovinazzi ,( born 14 December 1993) nicknamed "The Italian Jesus", referencing his resemblance to the Biblical character, is an Italian racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing. He was the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship runner-up and raced with Prema in the 2016 GP2 Series, again finishing runner-up with five wins and eight overall podiums. Giovinazzi was chosen by Scuderia Ferrari to be their third and reserve driver for the 2017 season. He made his competitive debut for Sauber at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, replacing the injured Pascal Wehrlein. He also replaced Wehrlein at the following Chinese Grand Prix as Wehrlein continued his recovery. Giovinazzi signed a contract to race full-time for Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019.
- Early career
- Formula One career
- Racing record
- Racing career summary
- Single seater racing results
- Sports car racing results
Giovinazzi began karting in 2000. In 2006, he became the champion in the Italian National Trophy 60cc and Euro Trophy 60 championships. He was champion of the WSK Master Series in the KF2 class in both 2010 and 2011.
Formula Pilota China
Giovinazzi began his single seater career by competing in Formula Pilota China in 2012. He finished as the overall champion in his debut season with a total of six wins. He also raced for the BVM team in the last round of the 2012 Formula Abarth season at Monza. Despite winning two races and finishing in second place in one, he did not receive any points since he was a guest driver.
Giovinazzi competed in the 2013 British Formula Three Championship season with the Double R Racing team, alongside Sean Gelael and Tatiana Calderón. He won two races, at Silverstone and at Spa-Francorchamps, and ended the season as runner-up behind Jordan King. During the season, Giovinazzi entered the 2013 Masters of Formula 3, finishing the race in 10th place.
In 2013, Giovinazzi made his debut in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with the Double R Racing team. He scored his first points at the fourth round in Brands Hatch, finishing 11th in the first race. His best result of the season was at the final race in Hockenheim, where he finished 6th. Giovinazzi ended the season in 15th place in the championship with 45 points.
In 2014, Giovinazzi signed with Jagonya Agam with Carlin to compete in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. His first Formula 3 podium came with a 2nd-place finish in Hockenheim. His first win came from pole position at the Red Bull Ring, before adding another win at the following round at the Nürburgring. He ended the season in 6th place in the standings with 238 points, recording two wins, seven podium finishes, two pole positions and three fastest laps.
Giovinazzi continued in the championship with Jagonya Agam with Carlin in 2015, in a field which included future Formula One competitors Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll, George Russell and Alexander Albon. He was a championship contender for much of the season, eventually losing out to Felix Rosenqvist. Giovinazzi ended the season as the championship runner-up, with 412.5 points. He recorded six wins, twenty podium finishes, four pole positions and four fastest laps. During the 2015 season he made his second appearance at the Masters of Formula 3 race, winning the race after starting from 2nd on the grid.
After the end of his European Formula 3 season, Giovinazzi entered the non-championship 2015 Macau Grand Prix with Carlin, qualifying in 4th place. In the qualifying race, he caused a multi-car pile up on the first lap after colliding with Daniel Juncadella. Giovinazzi went on to win the qualifying race, but was later handed a 20-second penalty for the incident, demoting him to 10th. At the main event, he recovered to finish in 4th place.
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
Giovinazzi had impressed Audi Sport Team Phoenix during a DTM test in 2015, before being called up to replace the suspended Timo Scheider for the round at Moscow Raceway during the 2015 DTM season. He finished the races in 19th and 21st.
In 2016, Giovinazzi took part in the Asian Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class alongside Sean Gelael. They entered the final two rounds at Buriram and Sepang, winning both races. Giovinazzi then entered the Silverstone round of the European Le Mans Series alongside Gelael and Mitch Evans for SMP Racing, in which they came 5th.
In the FIA World Endurance Championship, Giovinazzi took part in the 2016 6 Hours of Fuji alongside Gelael and Giedo van der Garde for the Extreme Speed Motorsports team, in which they finished 4th in the LMP2 class. He then took part in the following round in Shanghai alongside Gelael and Tom Blomqvist, finishing 2nd.
He took part at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Ferrari 488 GTE for AF Corse Ferrari factory team alongside Toni Vilander and Pipo Derani. He finished the race 5th in GTE category.
Giovinazzi joined the series with Prema Powerteam for the 2016 season alongside Red Bull Junior and 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series runner-up Pierre Gasly.
After a poor start by finishing outside the points and losing reverse grid pole in the first two rounds, Giovinazzi scored victories in both the feature and sprint races in Baku, becoming the first driver to do 'the double' since Davide Valsecchi in 2012.
Giovinazzi took pole position from his teammate Gasly at Spa, and won the Sprint Race after Gasly had won the feature race on Saturday. At Monza, he took pole position, but was disqualified from the session due to a technical infringement. Despite starting from the back of the grid, he won in the Feature Race after a mix up involving the safety car that worked in his favour.
Giovinazzi took the lead of the championship at Sepang by overtaking Sergey Sirotkin late on for his 5th win of the season. However, Pierre Gasly's victory in the Abu Dhabi feature race meant that Gasly led by 12 points into the final race. Giovinazzi finished the final race ahead of Gasly as Alex Lynn won the race, however, after making a poor start, he was unable to overturn the 12-point gap, and Gasly won the championship by 8 points.
Had Giovinazzi won the championship, he would have been the first rookie champion since Nico Hülkenberg in 2009. He would also have been the last GP2 champion as the series would become FIA Formula 2 Championship for 2017.
Formula One career
On 5 September 2016, it was announced that Giovinazzi would perform simulator work for Scuderia Ferrari. In December, he was confirmed as Ferrari's third driver.
Race debut as reserve and test driver (2017–2018)
Giovinazzi participated in pre-season testing for the 2017 season with Sauber. In a similar fashion to his DTM debut two years prior, he substituted for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian Grand Prix. Wehrlein did not feel fit enough for a complete race distance due to his training deficit as a result of a crash at the 2017 Race of Champions. Giovinazzi finished 12th on his debut. His debut meant he was the first Italian driver to start a Formula One race since Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi at the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix. Sauber announced that Giovinazzi would again replace Wehrlein for the Chinese Grand Prix, where he crashed out during both qualifying and the race.
Giovinazzi later participated in seven free practice sessions for the Haas F1 Team over the course of the 2017 season. Giovinazzi remained a reserve and test driver for Sauber and Ferrari in 2018. He took part in six free practice sessions for Sauber during the season.
Alfa Romeo (2019–present)
Giovinazzi went eight races without scoring points until he scored his first at the Austrian Grand Prix, finishing 10th. It was the first points finish for an Italian driver in Formula One since Vitantonio Liuzzi finished sixth at the 2010 Korean Grand Prix. The next race in Britain saw his first retirement of the season, after a mechanical problem caused him to spin out into a gravel trap. He crashed out on the last lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, having been running in ninth place. It later emerged that the crash caused Alfa Romeo to consider Giovinazzi's future with the team, with team principal Frédéric Vasseur saying "We had a tough discussion with Antonio, because these kind of things can decide your career. We were thinking about the future." At this stage of the season, Giovinazzi had collected one point, whilst teammate Räikkönen had scored 31.
The second half of the season was more successful for Giovinazzi. He claimed points a week after the Belgian Grand Prix with a ninth place finish at his first home race in Formula One. On lap 27 of the Singapore Grand Prix, Giovinazzi led the race for four laps after the leaders had pitted. It was the first time he had led a Formula One Grand Prix race in his career. For Alfa Romeo, it was the first time since Andrea de Cesaris led in the 1983 Belgian Grand Prix. Giovinazzi ultimately finished 10th, scoring points for the second consecutive race. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, he achieved his career best finish, crossing the line in sixth place before being promoted to fifth after Lewis Hamilton was penalised. Giovinazzi ended the season in 17th place in the championship with 14 points.
Giovinazzi and Räikkönen were retained by Alfa Romeo for the 2020 season.
Giovinazzi scored points at the first race of the season in Austria, qualifying 18th but finishing ninth after nine other cars retired from the race. On lap 11 of the Belgian Grand Prix, Giovinazzi lost control and crashed at turn 14. A stray wheel from his car hit the Williams of George Russell causing both to retire from the race. He was involved in a high-speed accident at the Tuscan Grand Prix during the safety car restart, in which four cars were eliminated from the race. Two point-scoring finishes came at the Eifel Grand Prix, where he held off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel to finish tenth, and at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where he scored another tenth-placed finish after starting from last on the grid. At the Turkish Grand Prix, Giovinazzi reached the third qualifying session (Q3) for the first time since the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, qualifying 10th. He went on to retire from the race with gearbox problems.
Giovinazzi ended the season in 17th place in the drivers' championship. He scored four points, the same number as teammate Räikkönen, however Räikkönen placed above Giovinazzi by virtue of having more ninth-placed finishes. Giovinazzi outqualified Räikkönen at nine of the season's 17 races.
Giovinazzi and Räikkönen were retained by Alfa Romeo for the 2021 season. Giovinazzi qualified 10th for the Monaco Grand Prix, his first Q3 appearance of the year. He finished the race in 10th place, scoring Alfa Romeo's first point of the season.
Racing career summary
|2012||Formula Pilota China||Eurasia Motorsport||18||6||7||6||13||229||1st|
|2013||FIA Formula 3 European Championship||Double R Racing||30||0||0||0||0||31||17th|
|British Formula 3 Championship||12||2||0||0||7||135||2nd|
|Masters of Formula 3||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||10th|
|2014||FIA Formula 3 European Championship||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||33||2||2||3||7||238||6th|
|2015||FIA Formula 3 European Championship||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||33||6||4||4||20||412.5||2nd|
|Masters of Formula 3||1||1||1||1||1||N/A||1st|
|Macau Grand Prix||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||4th|
|Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters||Audi Sport Team Phoenix||2||0||0||0||0||0||25th|
|2015–16||Asian Le Mans Series||Jagonya Ayam with Eurasia||2||2||1||0||2||51||3rd|
|2016||GP2 Series||Prema Racing||22||5||2||2||8||211||2nd|
|European Le Mans Series||SMP Racing||1||0||0||0||0||10||24th|
|FIA World Endurance Championship – LMP2||Extreme Speed Motorsports||2||0||0||0||1||30||20th|
|2017||Formula One||Sauber F1 Team||2||0||0||0||0||0||22nd|
|2018||24 Hours of Le Mans – LMGTE Pro||AF Corse||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||5th|
|Formula One||Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team||Test driver|
|2019||Formula One||Alfa Romeo Racing||21||0||0||0||0||14||17th|
|2020||Formula One||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||17||0||0||0||0||4||17th|
|2021||Formula One||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||Lua error in Module:Math at line 517: attempt to call field '?' (a nil value).||0||0||0||0||1||16th|}
† As Giovinazzi was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
Single seater racing results
Complete Formula Pilota China results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
† Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
Complete Macau Grand Prix results
Complete GP2 Series results
(key) (races in bold indicate pole position) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Complete Formula One results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
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