Latifi and Giovinazzi handed FP1 drives for German Grand Prix

Junior drivers will drive for Force India and Sauber respectively in FP1

German Grand Prix – Reserve drivers Nicholas Latifi and Antonio Giovinazzi have been given opportunities to impress in free practice one at the Hockenheimring.

Antonio Giovinazzi will make his first free practice appearance of the year at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, sitting in for Marcus Ericsson.

The 24-year-old Ferrari junior driver, who tested for Formula E team Virgin Racing in Marrakech, last drove an F1 car in testing in Barcelona this May.

Since finishing runner-up in the GP2 Series in 2016, Giovinazzi has been a Ferrari development driver, and has tested in a variety of FP1 session for Haas throughout 2017.

He also substituted for the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber for the first two races of the 2017 season.

Force India is also putting its reserve driver to use this weekend – after his first time testing for Force India in Canada, Nicholas Latifi will get behind the wheel of Esteban Ocon’s car for FP1.

“Montreal was fantastic, it’s a day I’ll never forget, so I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car for a second FP1 outing at Hockenheim,” Latifi said.

“Unlike Montreal, Hockenheim is a track I have driven before, and because I’m a bit more used to the car now, I’m feeling relaxed and more comfortable and confident.

“The goal is to do a good job for the team and get the data they need. I want to push along the programme for them as much as possible and build my own experience at the wheel of a Formula 1 car.”

Force India has also announced that Latifi will drive at the in-season test in Budapest at the end of the month.

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Kayleigh Hooton

Kayleigh has been a Formula 1 fan since she was a child, watching races with her dad from a young age, but has enjoyed going to race weekends as an adult. She's a fully-trained journalist working for a craft magazine publisher, looking to pursue a career in motorsport journalism.

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