Giovinazzi's rookie season: Ironically, Spa was the turning point
(Motorsport-Complete.com) – After a difficult first half Antonio Giovinazzi is stronger in the second half of his first Formula One season. The Italian, who has experienced ex-world champion Kimi Räikkönen as his team-mate at Alfa Romeo, was only two years into testing a Formula One driver as a test driver.
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At the beginning of the season 620 Giovinazzi had at Sauber on behalf of the injured Pascal Wehrlein his first two Formula 1 races contested. But until the season opener “At the beginning it was not easy to come back after two years off,” says Giovinazzi, noting: “Especially since I have a world champion with a great experience next to me, who just a few months earlier won an Immense Prix.”
“Of course the comparison was not that easy for a rookie”, Giovinazzi points to the first half of the season. While Raikkonen drove seven times in the first ten races of the season in the points, Giovinazzi managed this only once. “Kimi definitely had no conversion issues and was immediately able to get the most out of the car,” the Italian comments on the wintry change of “Iceman” from Ferrari to Alfa Romeo
Although the team-internal comparison in the first half of the season was clearly to Giovinazzis unfavorable, he would have the constellation in retrospect, not want to have otherwise: “At the same time this challenge was a great likelihood for me, such a reference has let me grow, I want to thank Kimi for that He always helped me and showed me which way to go. “
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Which race was the decisive turning point for Giovinazzi in de Season For in the ten past races, he has driven three times in the points, Räikkönen only twice. “It may sound weird, but it was actually the weekend in Spa,” says the rookie, who crashed ninth in the tire peg at the Immense Prix of Belgium on the final lap.
“Of course, my mistake on the last lap had an impact on the team's value range, but it was the weekend I felt I could do and I had done well in the qualifying sessions before, but Became me until then, the pace was in the race, “remembers Giovinazzi.
” And in Spa I had the impression that this pace was there, I tried it with a feeling like in Formula 2 That gave me a couple of good overtaking maneuvers and I got the overall race well and I was disappointed after the accident, but at the same time I knew I had found the right way. “
This one Impression confirmed Giovinazzi in the two following races when he i n Monza and Singapore each drove into the points. “In Singapore, there was also a great job in qualifying,” he points to his tenth starting position there.
“In the first coaching session I was unable to drive due to a defect, because of the weather on Saturday it was not possible to drive at all, so I had to go directly to qualifying with more than just a few laps of experience but still faster than Kimi. That was a good answer, “said the teen in the Alfa Romeo crew.
Because Alfa Romeo both Räikkönen and Giovinazzi for the Formula 1 season , they will spend a second year as teammates, and it will be interesting to see what they will accomplish as soon as they do.