Steiner praises ‘Solid’ and ‘Fast’ Giovinazzi after First Haas Outing


Antonio Giovinazzi did a good job during his first outing with the Haas team, according to Guenther Steiner - Credit: Andy Hone/LAT Images

Guenther Steiner felt Antonio Giovinazzi did a good job during his first practice outing with the Haas F1 Team during the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, but admitted that he was expecting a professional job from the Italian.

Giovinazzi will take part in an additional six practice sessions with the American team, starting this weekend at the Hungaroring, with Team Principal Steiner feeling that the experience the twenty-three-year-old has had in Formula 1 machinery this year benefiting him immensely.

As well as his Haas appearance, the Italian has already tested with the Scuderia Ferrari team, as he is the Maranello-based outfits reserve driver in 2017, whilst he also competed in two Grand Prix at the beginning of the season with the Sauber F1 Team in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein.

“He did a good job but Antonio has been in the car before, he has done races and a lot of tests,” said Steiner. “He’s a solid guy and he’s fast. We have seen that last year in GP2. He’s a good guy and he’s very professional, he’s very mature.

“We didn’t expect anything strange with him as he’s a rookie but he’s not a rookie. I don’t know how many days pre-season testing he did with Sauber, he did two races for them, he drove the Ferrari quite a bit so he’s solid.”