Antonio Giovinazzi: “Today I had to win”

Antonio Giovinazzi understood the importance of winning the final race of the weekend at the Norisring after seeing FIA European Formula 3 Championship leader Charles Leclerc pull away in the standings in the first two races on Saturday.

Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Giovinazzi had finished second to Leclerc in the opening race of the weekend in Germany, but was forced to pit for a new front wing in race two after a clumsy overtaking attempt by Santino Ferrucci, who eliminated himself and Jake Dennis in the process.

But Giovinazzi made a great start from third on the grid for race three, leading into the first corner, and never looked like losing control of the race thereafter, despite regular safety car interventions. The Italian driver is now back in second place in the championship as a result, 42.5 points back on Van Amersfoort Racing driver Leclerc.

“I demonstrated today, once again, how the work that my Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team and I are doing is going in the right way,” said Giovinazzi. “Also the Dallara chassis that my team prepares for me and the Volkswagen engine which pushes so hard to my shoulders are on my side.

“Today I had to win and the first goal I had to achieve was to have the best start. Since then, I had only to control my opponents in every restart after the Safety Car, being careful to not do any mistake.”

Giovinazzi dedicated the victory to his late Grandfather who recently passed away, calling him his ‘greatest supporter’.

“So I am here to dedicate this great day to my grandfather Antonio, who was my greatest supporter. He passed away on last days, so am so proud to have lifted up my trophy on the podium in his name.”