By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Alfa Romeo Racing announced it has retained Antonio Giovinazzi for the 2020 season in Formula 1.
The 25-year-old Italian has scored points on three occasions in 2019, with the first coming at the Austrian Grand Prix in June. Additionally, he has proved competitive in qualifying against teammate and 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
“I am very happy to be staying with the team for 2020,” Giovinazzi said. “I am grateful for the incredible level of support I received in my first full season in Formula One: everyone in the team has stuck by my side since I joined and I am really looking forward to continuing our journey together. We learned a lot this year and I am confident we can make a big step forward next season. I won’t be a rookie anymore so there won’t be any excuses for me: I want to be competitive right from the start of the championship and repay the confidence the team has shown in me.”
Frederic Vasseur, team principal of Alfa Romeo Racing, provided his thoughts on keeping the driver on for another season.
“Antonio has done really well this year and I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm he will stay with Alfa Romeo Racing for 2020,” Vasseur said. “The way he has integrated into the team and has consistently improved throughout his first full season in the sport are very promising and we cannot wait to unlock his full potential as we continue to work together.
“Antonio has emerged as a very quick driver, even alongside as tough a benchmark as Kimi, and we expect him to develop even further as his experience grows. His technical feedback, work ethics and positive approach will help us continue to push our team forward, and so will the consistency of an unchanged line-up for next season.”