Born on the 14th of December 1993, Antonio Giovinazzi is an Italian race car driver who has signed a contract to race full-time for Sauber in 2019.
Formula Pilota, Formula 3 and Formula 2
In 2012 began Giovinazzi’s single seater career by competing in the Formula Pilota China, where he emerged as the overall champion in his debut season with a total of six wins. Then he went to race for the BVM team in the last round of the 2012 Formula Abarth season at Monza. Here he also won two races and even finished in second place in one of the races, but he received no points as he was a guest driver.
Then, in 2013, he participated in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with the Double R racing team. He finished 11th and 9th in the two races out of three. He also competed in the 2013 British Formula 3 season alongside Sean Gelael, where he managed to claim his maiden win in F3 at the Silverstone circuit. On July 7 2013, Giovinazzi made his debut in the 2013 Masters of Formula 3, finishing in the 10th position. In 2014, he entered a contract with Carlin to compete in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
For the 2016 season, Giovinazzi joined the series with Prema Powerteam alongside Red Bull Junior and 2014 Renault 3.5 Series runner-up Pierre Gasly. He became the first driver to do “the double” since Davide Valsecchi in 2012 after scoring victories in both the feature and sprint races in Baku. However, Giovinazzi lost the championship to Gasly as he was unable to overturn the 12 point gap.
In December 2016, Ferrari confirmed Giovinazzi as their third driver. In 2017 he participated in pre-season testing with Sauber. Giovinazzi then substituted for Pascal Wehrlein during the Australian Grand Prix, where he finished 12th on his debut. Sauber then announced that Giovinazzi would again be replacing Wehrlein for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix, where he crashed out during the qualifying as well as the race. For the upcoming 2019 season, Giovinazzi will partner Kimi Raikkonen once again for Sauber.