GP2 racer and reserve Pink Bull driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been introduced to affix Sauber F1 group for the 2019 System 1 season. The racer will likely be becoming a member of Kimi Raikkonen within the pits, who lately introduced his swap from Scuderia Ferrari to Sauber subsequent 12 months. Giovinazzi replaces Marcus Ericsson at Sauber, who will likely be shifting to a brand new position a Sauber. Saying its choice to carry Giovinazzi onboard, the group mentioned that the transfer fitted the “custom of discovering and nurturing younger abilities” and “is especially important within the scope of the venture.”
Talking about his promotion, Giovinazzi mentioned, “It is a dream come true, and it’s a nice pleasure to have the possibility to race for this group. As an Italian, it’s a enormous honour for me to characterize a model as iconic and profitable as Alfa Romeo in our sport.”
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Giovinazzi has had his expertise behind the seat of the Sauber F1 automotive and raced for the group twice final season as stand-in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. He 24-year-old as additionally the runner-up to 2019 Pink Bull Racing driver Pierre Gasly within the 2016 GP2 title race.
This 12 months, Giovinazzi is finishing up a programme of Friday Grand Prix apply outing with the group, and likewise examined for Haas and Sauber. This will likely be Giovinazzi’s first full-time racing alternative since GP2 Racing in 2016.
Talking on bringing Giovinazzi onboard, Sauber F1 Crew principal Frederic Vasseur mentioned, “We first signed Kimi Raikkonen, a particularly skilled driver who will contribute to the event of our automotive and can speed up the progress of our group as an entire. Along with Alfa Romeo, we’re delighted to welcome Antonio Giovinazzi, who will take the place of Charles Leclerc. We’ve already had the chance to work with him previously and he has confirmed to have nice potential.”
Ferrari will get to decide on the motive force for one seat at Sauber. The Italian marque group introduced Charles Leclerc final 12 months to Sauber, and his seat has now been taken by Antonio Giovinazzi. Raikkonen’s deal was impartial of Maranello.
Marcus Ericsson, in the meantime, departs from Sauber after 4 seasons after becoming a member of from Caterham in 2015. Ericsson will now transfer to the position of third driver and model ambassador for the group alongside Raikkonen and Giovinazzi, Sauber introduced.