Antonio Giovinazzi: “Phenomenal job again by Prema”

Antonio Giovinazzi - Credit: Theodore Racing/Prema Racing

Antonio Giovinazzi moved into second place in the championship standings after claiming his third victory of 2016 during Sunday’s Sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Italian racer made amends for a difficult Feature race when, starting from pole position, he messed up his start and was unable to better sixth place, with the Prema Racing driver admitting he was baffled by his sluggish getaway.

“There isn’t much to say,” said Giovinazzi on Saturday. “I had a bad start and we have to investigate why. After that, I had a small contact with [Alex] Lynn at the first corner so all the race went bad after that.

“I managed to finish P6. I got good points for the championship but it’s disappointing after starting from pole. Now we will be taking-off from P3 tomorrow. We will investigate the start and try to improve for Race 2”.

Giovinazzi got a much better start on Sunday to move into second, then made his move on Gustav Malja for the lead, a position he would hold onto until the chequered flag in the Ardennes forest.

“Finally we had a good start and I waited for the DRS to become available,” admitted Giovinazzi on Sunday. “I tried to overtake Malja and it was a good move. After that I just managed the tires.

“Phenomenal job again by Prema and I can’t wait for my home race in Monza next weekend. I hope we will continue performing like we did so far in the championship in order to fight for the title”.