- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Martina Franca, Italy
At 25, it looked like F1® might have passed on Antonio Giovinazzi. After a dazzling 2016 GP2 campaign, during which he scored five wins and was second overall behind Pierre Gasly, he made two Formula 1® starts in 2017, replacing Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein.
He was particularly impressive on debut in Melbourne but Wehrlein returned and Giovinazzi resumed his test driver role, firstly with Haas and last year with Sauber. It worked.
‘Gio’ impressed the right people and earned a second chance. The only Italian driver on the grid returns to Sauber at what looks like an opportune time, after a strong 2018 for the team, particularly from Charles Leclerc, who has now gone to Ferrari.
Kimi Räikkönen might be a man of few words but he looks like the ideal mentor for Giovinazzi who, as a racing-mad youngster, had a poster of the Finn on his wall.