Antonio Giovinazzi felt it was a great rookie season in the GP2 Series despite seeing Prema Racing team-mate Pierre Gasly take the championship at the Italian’s expense at the Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday.
Giovinazzi went into the weekend in Abu Dhabi leading the championship, but with Gasly winning Saturday’s Feature race with the Italian finishing fifth, the advantage swung to the Frenchman, and despite finishing sixth in Sunday’s Sprint race and Gasly finishing outside the points, the points gap was too much to bridge, and Giovinazzi ended eight points down in the final standings.
The Italian praised team-mate Gasly for the championship, and admitted it was positive that he could show his talent this season after stepping up from the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, with five wins coming his way.
“It’s been a tough weekend but I think I can be really satisfied with how this season went,” admitted Giovinazzi. “It provided the team with huge success and enabled me to show I was able to fight for the title until the last race of my rookie year.
”I want to congratulate Pierre on winning the title and thank the team for their work in this outstanding season.”