The permanence of Antonio Giovinazzi in Formula 1 it really risks becoming a ‘case of state’. And not figuratively. The Italian driver is currently expiring his contract with the team from Hinwil, which seems oriented towards the idea of removing the seat from the native of Martina Franca despite a good season in terms of performance, especially in qualifying. In fact, in the last two weekends – in Zandvoort and Monza – the Alfa Romeo home driver gained access to Q3, showing all his speed qualities. Unfortunately, however, the results did not arrive in the race, also due to some unfortunate circumstances.
The main candidate to replace the talent of the Ferrari school is the Chinese Guanyu Zhou. Born in Shanghai, Zhou currently competes in Formula 2 and is backed by his own government, ready to invest tens of millions of dollars in his takeover to F1. Faced with this situation, the president of the ICA Angelo Sticchi Damiani, he even went so far as to invoke government help to keep Giovinazzi inside the Circus. Speaking at a press conference during the Monza weekend, the number one of the Italian automobile used rather clear words, inviting the executive power to act. “Antonio is really good. We haven’t been able to give him a chance to show how good he is. I expect there will also be a push from the government in this sense, because governments move from other parts, very heavy suitcases arrive “ he has declared.
“It’s not like it used to be when the best moves forward – Sticchi Damiani added – the best one goes on, but the richest ones go on too. We have this duty: we have a good driver and we must defend him and give him the opportunity to excel“.