Professional F1 Crasher Antonio Giovinazzi Confirmed As Kimi Raikkonen’s Sauber Teammate For 2019

Professional F1 crasher and former GP2 championship runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi will partner Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo Sauber in 2019. Alfa Romeo Sauber will ented the 2019 season with a completely new lineup.

Giovinazzi replaces Marcus Ericcson who will transition to the team’s third driver for 2019. Giovinazzi is under the Ferrari Drivers Academy banner making the seat confirmation more of a shoo-in considering the Sauber/Ferrari alliance. It is understood Ferrari is able to nominate a driver under their partnership.

When the F1 season starts in 2019 this will be the first time an Italian born driver will have a seat on the grid since Vitantonio Liuzzi was on the grid in 2011. An Italian partnering with a pseudo-Italian team is a thing the Tifosi dream of.

Great Talent, Needs Maturity

Giovinazzi has two F1 starts to his record, both with Sauber in 2017 replacing the injured Pascal Wherlein.  A 12th place finish in Australia was followed by an absolute disaster in China. Giovinazzi had two big accidents in qualifying and then the race.

As a replacement driver, the key objective is to not wreck the car and get the best finish possible. What you don’t want to do is demolish the car back to back days and then bounce out of the car like “oh well.”

Giovinazzi served as the Haas F1 test driver in 2017 as well where, you guessed it, he wrecked another car.

Antonio’s Thoughts

“As an Italian, it is a huge honour for me to represent a brand as iconic and successful as Alfa Romeo in our sport. I would like to thank the Scuderia Ferrari and the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for giving me this great opportunity.

“I am very motivated and cannot wait to start working towards achieving great results together.”

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