For a nation that loves motor racing, it’s a surprising statistic to discover that Italy have not had a driver win the Formula 1 World Championship since 1953. That year Alberto Ascari took his second of two titles, following on from F1’s first-ever champion, compatriot Giuseppe Farina (who won in 1950). But since that first decade of the world championship, the attention of Italy has been on the fortunes of Ferrari – rather than its drivers.
Antonio Giovinazzi is the latest Italian to compete in F1, but sadly it doesn’t look as if the lengthy gap to score another championship will be broken anytime soon. The Alfa Romeo man has finished the past two seasons in 17th position overall and is currently 18th in the standings for 2021. What’s more the Italian’s contact has yet to be extended into next season…
Born in Martina Franca in the south of Italy, the genial Giovinazzi graduated from karting into cars in 2012 and spent the following three years racing in Formula 3. After a couple of sportscar outings, Giovinazzi was linked to Ferrari via its Driver Academy and eventually made his F1 debut in 2017.
Giovinazzi raced for Sauber in the opening two races of the season, deputising for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. Unfortunately, his second race ended dramatically with a crash at China’s Shanghai circuit.
After a year on the sidelines, which he predominantly spent driving the simulator at Ferrari, Giovinazzi was given a second chance in F1 and signed to race for Alfa Romeo for 2019. He has spent the past few seasons with the Hinwil-based outfit but has only managed to collect a handful of points in that time.
Today the 27-year-old lives in Monaco and lists online racing as one of his hobbies, whether it’s the current F1 2021 game or competing in GT cars on the sim Assetto Corsa.