Antonio Giovinazzi: “It was a good experience for us”

Antonio Giovinazzi believed the experience he had of the European Le Mans Series event at Silverstone last weekend was good for him as he prepares for his debut GP2 Series season in 2016.

The Italian racer shared a SMP Racing LMP2 machine in the Four Hours of Silverstone with fellow Jagonya Ayam-backed Sean Gelael and Mitch Evans, with the trio finishing fifth having experienced a couple of slow pit stops that Giovinazzi believed cost them a chance of a top three finish.

“It was a good experience for us” said Giovinazzi to The Checkered Flag“I did with Sean the Asian Le Mans at the beginning of the year, the team were quite new, and we were a new team together, I think we did a good job,

“I think we had a little bit of an issue with a double pit stop in the beginning of the race, without that I think we could have finished on the podium, so quite happy and now looking good for the first race of GP2.”

Giovinazzi spoke of the relationship he has had with Gelael in recent years, having had similar experience in motorsport in that time, through European Formula 3 and into the GP2 Series in 2016, with the pairing racing together to two Asian Le Mans victories already this year.

“We’ve been together since 2013, so we have the same experience in every category,” said Giovinazzi.

“Last year I just did F3, he did World Series [by Renault] but I think we are like brothers, its quite good and I hope we can continue like that.”