Antonio Giovinazzi: “It was a shame to end the first part of the season like this”

by Paul Hensby

Antonio Giovinazzi was unhappy with his result during the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the Italian only able to place a twice lapped eighteenth on Sunday at the Hungaroring.

The Alfa Romeo Racing driver had been looking to target the top ten after strong performances in the previous races at Silverstone and the Hockenheimring, but first lap contact and the requirement to pit earlier than planned ruined his chances, and he ended up in the battle for sixteenth that also involved Williams Racing’s George Russell and Racing Point F1 Team’s Lance Stroll.

Giovinazzi admitted it was disappointing not to turn the potential of the C38-Ferrari into a top ten finish, particularly with team-mate Kimi Räikkönen securing his eighth top ten result of 2019.

“It was a very disappointing race for me today,” said Giovinazzi on Sunday.  “I had contact on the opening lap, when I was squeezed between two cars at turn one, and I had an issue with my first set of tyres that meant I had to cut my first stint much shorter than we were planning.

“It was a shame to end the first part of the season like this, especially because we had shown good pace in recent races, but it was another day in which we didn’t manage to turn our potential into points.”

Giovinazzi says he will be using the summer break to recharge and come back stronger for the second half of the season, where he hopes to turn around his year and bring home more points for Alfa Romeo.

“At least we have some holidays now – a chance to hit reset during the summer break and come back to do much better in the second part of the season,” said the Italian.  “The first half of my season hasn’t been ideal, but I can take heart from the improvement we had.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but I’ll keep working hard to improve.”

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