The highly rated Italian driver landed his first full time F1 seat at Alfa Romeo this year, alongside Kimi Raikkonen. While the Finn started the year well with several points finishes, Giovinazzi has generally somewhat languished behind and has also had to contend with getting involved with various incidents and accidents.
Along with the two Williams drivers, he is the only driver yet to score a point in 2019 but, despite this, he says he isn’t letting his head drop: “I am not losing confidence, I know we can do it as a team. Only those who don’t fight have already lost, and we’re never going to give up.”
Alfa Romeo come to the French Grand Prix on the back of disappointing races in Spain, Monaco and Canada where they simply didn’t have the pace to compete in the top ten. However, there is cause for optimism as they are bringing some updates to Paul Ricard.
Giovinazzi comes to Paul Ricard having just been awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in Italy, an annual award from the town of Brisighella that recognises commendable performance in motorsport. It is named in honour of Lorenzo Bandini, who hailed from the town, and passed away after a crash at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix.
Notable drivers to have been awarded the trophy include Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as well as other non Champions like Juan Pablo Montoya, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas.
Giovinazzi says he felt honoured to be included in such a list: “Joining the champions who received the award is an honour but also a great responsibility. It’s a big push to do better and demonstrate I deserve this recognition. I believe hard work is the only way to achieve great results and it’s not going to be different in Formula One. I’m focused on my goal, no matter how tough the way to get there is, and I want to make sure we get the rewards for our work, those rewards that have eluded us so far.”
Driving a demonstration Sauber through the crowds of Brisighella, Giovinazzi said he’s focused on turning that positivity into extra drive: “It felt incredible to drive surrounded by all these fans.”
““I’m going to turn all this affection into a driving force for me.”