Ferrari has announced that Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi will share the role of the team’s reserve driver in the 2022 F1 season.

Schumacher is now one step closer to Ferrari as he will be the team’s reserve driver in 11 out of 23 Grands Prix in the upcoming season. He can also replace either Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz during a race weekend if it is needed.

Giovinazzi, who has not got a seat in F1 for next year, will be the reserve driver at the remaining events. More than that, the Italian can also be a reserve driver at Alfa Romeo

The Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto was delighted with Schumacher’s performance in 2021.

“The reason we’ve got a Ferrari Driver Academy is to identify who can be the Ferrari driver for the future, and part of it is if you are doing well, no doubt that you might have opportunities,” he said.

“I think Mick through the season did well. He improved himself, not only in terms of consistency but also in terms of speed.

“If I look at the last races, he was a lot closer to the cars ahead, while Haas didn’t really develop the car at all. So the fact that he was closer is he proved that he had a good improvement on the speed itself.”

Binotto also revealed that Giovinazzi would work on the simulator to be ready to drive the 2022 car.

“Those cars will be really a lot different to the current one for driving style, and I think it will be important to have one driver that knows those cars as a reserve driver. I can still count on Antonio because he’s a good driver, he has proved to be a good driver.

“Antonio will have a full program of simulator to bring him up to speed in terms of 2022 driving style.”

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