Giovinazzi ‘Thought There Would Be A Chance’ To Join Ferrari In 2021

Antonio Giovinazzi has revealed that he was unhappy with Ferrari’s decision to sign Carlos Sainz over him as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement.

Prior to the 2020 F1 season getting underway, Ferrari announced that it would be parting ways with Sebastian Vettel at the end of the year.

It was subsequently announced that Carlos Sainz would be leaving McLaren at the end of the season to partner Charles Leclerc at the Scuderia.

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Italian racing driver Antonio Giovinazzi, who drives for Ferrari customer team Alfa Romeo and has ties to the Scuderia, has now revealed that he was disappointed to not have been picked as Vettel’s replacement.

In an interview with Autosprint last week, Giovinazzi said:

“Of course, I did not receive Ferrari’s decision very well. That seems clear to me.

“I am still employed by Ferrari and I thought there would be a chance for me to race for the Scuderia. Maybe it just wasn’t the right time for me.

“Choosing Sainz does not mean that I will not be able to get that seat in the future. A seat at Ferrari will always be my dream.

“I have never received anything for free in my career. I have always had to work hard to earn a place,” the Italian added.

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Continuing, he said he is currently focused on delivering for Alfa Romeo and will be looking to “seize” any opportunities that come up in 2021.

“Right now I am focused on Alfa Romeo,” Giovinazzi said.

“I want to help my team move forward as much as possible and that is why I would like to secure a place on the podium.

“To do that, I have to keep improving and seize my opportunities. Let’s see if that works in 2021.”

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