GP2 driver Antonio Giovinazzi was recently given the opportunity to experience the Scuderia Ferrari F1 simulator, after the Italian impressed the Maranello based squad with his performances in the lower formula this season.
The 22-year-old, who has put himself in strong contention to win the GP2 title this year, and sits just ten points behind Red Bull Racing junior Pierre Gasly in the current standings, now also finds himself on Ferrari’s radar.
So far in 2016, Giovinazzi has won four races and finished on the podium on three further occasions, and if his recent performances are anything to go by, there is most certainly more to come from the Prema Powerteam driver.
Giovinazzi’s recent win during his home round of Italy is what likely sparked Maranello bosses sudden interest, when the young Italian superbly came from the back of the grid, having qualified on the front row before being disqualified for a tyre infringement, to win the feature race in Monza. The Italian showed his true class and composure to make his way back through the field and claim a shock victory.
The 22-year-old has shown great skill so far in his short career, and also finished runner-up to Felix Rosenqvist in the European F3 Championship in 2015, having won six races whilst proving to be a strong competitor throughout the series.
Speaking to Autosport.com after his simulator session, Giovinazzi expressed his thrill at being given such an amazing chance, but kept his feet firmly on the ground in regards to what might be on the horizon for him in the future.
“It was a very enjoyable experience and I want to thank Ferrari for this opportunity.
“However, now it’s straight back to concentrating on my GP2 programme for the rest of the season.”