The next eight races are the most important of Antonio Giovinazzi’s career in Formula 1, the Italian heads to the Russian Grand Prix this weekend which provides him with the opportunity to salvage his career in the top flight.
Sochi should be his first step to put behind him an unremarkable season, make that an unremarkable career in F1 thus far, and make a case to stay in the top flight with Alfa Romeo beyond this season because it is highly unlikely he will find a seat elsewhere in the pitlane for 2021.
Adding to the pressure, of the spotlight right now, is an eager queue of Ferrari Driver Academy lads waiting and wanting to take his seat. The Italian needs to raise his game and bring home a string of strong results to retain his seat with the team next year. Starting this weekend in Russia
The 26-year-old’s only visit to the venue so far was last year when his race lasted less than a lap as he recalled, “My only racing experience in Sochi, last year, wasn’t a very lucky one, as I was squeezed into contact at lap one and had to stop for repairs: I have unfinished business here and I want to put it right this year.”
At Mugello, last time out, the Alfa Romeo driver was taken out in the restart melee that eliminated several of his rivals, adding to a growing list of mishaps that Antonion is not avoiding, perhaps to his own detriment.
Nevertheless, he knows what he has to do on Sunday, “I am looking forward to returning to the car after this week off as I still feel the frustration from the last race. We have seen with Kimi that the potential to get a good result is there but I effectively only got to race for one corner in Mugello.
“I want to get back behind the wheel and push to get to Q2 on Saturday and into the points on race day,” added Antonio.