Haas has announced earlier today that it has accepted a request made Scuderia Ferrari to allow Antonio Giovinazzi to take part in two free practice sessions during the second part of the 2022 Formula One campaign.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who raced for Alfa Romeo in Formula 1 between 2019 and 2021, has recently finished his first year in Formula E and will now get the chance to run for Haas in FP1 for the Italian Grand Prix at the Monza circuit, his home event, which takes place in September, and will also run for Haas later in the season, when Formula 1 arrives at the Circuit of the Americas for the United States Grand Prix in October.
Starting with the 2022 Formula 1 championship, there is also a new rules which states that every team is required to run a driver who has not taken part in more than two grands prix during their career on at least two occasions in a practice session. However, Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi of course does not fulfil this criteria, which means that Haas’s regular race drivers, Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen will also have to miss out on two extra practice sessions during the second part of the 2022 F1 campaign.
Antonio Giovinazzi previously drove for Haas in seven practice sessions during the 2017 F1 championship. Haas boss Guenther Steiner confirmed in a recent press release that the Maranello team wanted to make sure the Italian driver was ready to take up the opportunity of racing for Ferrari if needed.
“We’re happy to welcome Antonio Giovinazzi back to the team for the two FP1 outings. Ferrari were keen to give Antonio some seat time in a current-spec Formula 1 car on a race weekend and we were naturally happy to assist. We enjoyed a similar situation back in 2017 with Antonio and Ferrari – the clear difference between then and now is the experience he’ll have gained competing for the previous three seasons in Formula 1 and the feedback he’ll be able to give us in Italy and America.” – Guenther Steiner explained.
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Antonio Giovinazzi has driven Scuderia Ferrari’s car in the team’s simulator during the current season, but admitted he looks forward to the chance to get behind the wheel of a real 2022 challenger for the first time: “Besides simulator driving it is important to test a true car and I can’t wait to put my suit and helmet back on. It’ll be an opportunity to get confident with the new generation cars – it’s the best way to be ready if I were called as reserve driver. Thanks to Haas F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari – I’m looking forward to giving my contribution to the team that counted on me already in 2017 ” – the Ferrari reserve driver said.