Antonio Giovinazzi, nicknamed “Giovi”, is the latest talent hailing from Italy. The 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship runner-up, he raced with Prema in the 2016 International GP2 Series, again finishing runner-up with five wins and eight overall podiums. His performances earned him a role as third driver for Scuderia Ferrari in Formula One in 2017.
Giovinazzi made his competitive début for Sauber at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix, replacing the injured Pascal Wehrlein. Antonio also competed in the following race, the Chinese Grand Prix, before returning to testing duties, taking place in several Friday practice sessions. As part of his Ferrari duties, he completed thousands of miles in the team’s simulator, gaining important technical experience in the process.
In 2019, Antonio became the first Italian driver to compete in a full Formula One season in eight years. The man in car #99 was faced with an uphill task – competing at the pinnacle of motorsport after two years away from almost any competitive racing. Despite this challenge, Antonio handled his rookie season well, scoring his first point in Austria and delivering a strong second half of the season, earning himself a new contract for 2020.