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Giovinazzi’s objective is to “grow up as a driver” in 2021

Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy and Alfa Romeo Racing talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 25, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

After two years in Formula 1, Antonio Giovinazzi aims to continue “growing up as a driver,” as the Italian enters his third year in the championship with Alfa Romeo.

“From my side, it is still to improve myself, like a driver. It’s my third season, so I want to grow up like a driver as I did from the first season to the second season.

“Improve. I want to do another step forward also in this season. So I will have more experience, everything will look more simple, more normal, and I can focus more on my side and improving in different things.”

Giovinazzi had previously hoped in 2020 that he would be Vettel’s replacement at Ferrari, but that wasn’t the case, as instead Carlos Sainz was signed for the Prancing Horse. The Italian had expressed his disappointment in such a decision last year but now says his objective is to continue improving.

“The race pace is where I can still improve. I think I did a great step forward last year, but I can still improve. But of course also the qualifying: you want always more and more.”

Giovinazzi also highlighted his good starts from last year; the driver is hoping that such good performances can keep up for the entire race and not only for a few laps.

“Also from last year I was quite strong on the first lap on the start, but I want more, and just improving myself.”

He also sees the third season alongside teammate Kimi Raikkonen as a positive, saying both of them know each other and that a driver with the caliber of Raikkonen is an example to follow.

“I think it’s good again on the third season with Kimi, that we know each other. And I can still improve myself looking also at Kimi, what he’s doing, because he is a driver with a lot of experience,” he concluded.

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