Russian Grand Prix – Sauber have confirmed Antonio Giovinazzi alongside Kimi Raikkonen for next season.
Sauber have confirmed their driver line-up for 2019: Kimi Raikkonen will be joined by Antonio Giovinazzi for next season. This means that Marcus Ericsson is ousted from his race seat, although the team have since confirmed he will stay onboard as the team’s third driver.
Giovinazzi took part in two Grands Prix with Sauber in 2017 as replacement for the then-injured Pascal Wehrlein. He has remained onboard with the team as their third driver since then. Giovinazzi raced in GP2 in 2016, finishing P2 to Pierre Gasly.
“I am delighted to be joining the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.” said Giovinazzi. He becomes the first Italian driver to race in Formula 1 since Vitantonio Liuzzi left the sport at the end of 2011.
“This is a dream come true, and it is a great pleasure to have the chance to race for this team. 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.”
According to the FCA Group, the parent company of Alfa Romeo, “The decision to elect Antonio Giovinazzi is particularly significant in the scope of the project that this season saw the return of Alfa Romeo to the pinnacle of motorsports after a hiatus of more than 30 years. The coming together of Alfa Romeo and the Italian driver was natural, also considering the strong bond that has tied Giovinazzi to the brand from an early age, and is a source of national pride considering that several years have passed since an Italian driver has competed in Formula One.”