Giovinazzi to make DTM bow in Russia

Current FIA European Formula 3 Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi will make his DTM Series debut this weekend at Moscow Raceway as he replaces the suspended Timo Scheider.

Scheider was banned for the race in Russia for his part of the incident at the Red Bull Ring last time out when he clashed with Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein after being controversially told to ‘push him out’ by Audi team boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich over the radio.

Giovinazzi had tested an Audi Sport DTM car at the end of last season, impressing the manufacturer, and will now race within the Audi Sport Team Phoenix stable this weekend, driving the #93 entry.

The Italian currently leads the European Formula 3 Championship by 20.5 points from Felix Rosenqvist whilst driving for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, with the next races from that series scheduled for the weekend of the 05-06 September at Portimao in Portugal.

The series had initially scheduled to race in Moscow with the DTM but opted out of a trip to Russia due to cost and logistic reasons in favour of the race in Portugal, meaning Giovinazzi is free to race for Audi this weekend.