Ferrari Formula 1 junior Antonio Giovinazzi will have his first practice outing of 2018 when he drives for Sauber in FP1 at the German Grand Prix.
The Italian driver, who participated in two rounds of the Formula 1 season last year, standing in for Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein in Australia and China following the German’s Race of Champions crash, joined Sauber as its third driver at the beginning of the current season following a brief stint as Haas’ third driver during the second half of 2017.
The Scuderia Ferrari-backed driver most recently tested for Sauber and Ferrari at the post-Spanish GP in-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in May.
Sauber confirmed Antonio Giovinazzi’s first official outing this year during a live grand prix session will take place this weekend at the Hockenheimring, where he will take over Marcus Ericsson’s car for the 90-minute session. Marcus Ericsson will return to action for the remainder of the weekend. Giovinazzi, who was in contention for a 2018 seat with Sauber until incumbent Ericsson was preferred, is in line for another five FP1 outings across the rest of the year.
He last competed in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours with the AF Corse team.