Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver for the 2017 Formula One season, Antonio Giovinazzi, will have the opportunity to take part in seven practice sessions during the current championship with Haas, which will thus become the third Formula One team he will have driven for this year. The young Italian driver already replaced the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber during the first week of winter testing in Barcelona and made his Formula 1 race debut at the first round of the season, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Antonio Giovinazzi finished 12th at the Albert Park circuit and then was forced to retire from the Chinese Grand Prix due to an incident on track.
Antonio Giovinazzi got his first taste of an F1 car earlier this year when he tested Scuderia Ferrari‘s 2015 car, before participating in Bahrain’s post-grand prix test, driving Ferrari’s 2017 challenger. The 2016 GP2 runner-up will contest the first of his run of seven practice outings with Haas at Silverstone next month, and then he will also get behind the wheel of the VF-17 in the first practice sessions in Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Kevin Magnussen will relinquish his seat for six of those sessions, with Haas teammate Romain Grosjean sitting out opening practice at the Mexican Grand Prix in October: “In a year that’s already been filled with great opportunities, I’m proud to have another one with Haas F1 Team. Being the third driver with Scuderia Ferrari is obviously a great place to be, and getting seat time in these FP1 sessions with Haas F1 Team will keep me sharp. I will be able to take what I have learned in the simulator and apply it in actual race conditions. I’m proud of the faith Ferrari and Haas have in me and gracious for the seat time Kevin and Romain are sharing with me.” – Antonio Giovinazzi said, as reported by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.