Antonio Giovinazzi says he has religion in Ferrari to safe his future in Method 1 whereas he hopes to maximise his Haas apply outings to assemble favour for a race seat in 2018.
The Italian driver has secured a deal to run seven FP1 outings for Haas between the British Grand Prix till the tip of the season. The 23-year-old made his F1 debut throughout pre-season testing for Sauber and raced within the Australian Grand Prix and Chinese language Grand Prix as stand-in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein.
Giovinazzi’s early F1 alternative ended below a cloud when he crashed out of the Chinese language Grand Prix after spinning within the moist on the house straight proper below the noses of F1 crew bosses.
The 2016 GP2 Collection runner-up is hoping to make amends and impress for Haas in his run of free apply periods to show his abilities forward of a possible race seat for 2018.
“It is a good programme, seven FP1s in 10 races, and I do know all of the tracks aside from Brazil and Mexico so will probably be good additionally to be taught these two tracks the place I did not race,” Giovinazzi stated. “It is a good programme, plenty of time within the automotive so that is necessary. After all to drive a brand new automotive from now to the tip of the season is absolutely necessary for me.
“The goal is to be there [in F1] subsequent 12 months, however now I focus extra on what I do now with these seven FP1s, and we’ll see what we will do for subsequent 12 months.”
Giovinazzi accepts with solely 20 race seats in F1 for 2018 will probably be robust for him to turn into the primary full-time Italian driver since Jarno Trulli six years in the past, however feels as a Ferrari junior driver he is in a promising place to make a breakthrough.
“To get into F1 is absolutely laborious. There aren’t a lot seats,” he stated. “It is not like soccer. Nevertheless it’s simply my first season in Ferrari and they’re actually good. I belief them, in order that they know what they will do for me.
“Now it is simply time to concentrate on what they offer me this 12 months with seven FP1s, after which we’ll see what occurs subsequent 12 months. Something can occur, so I hope I can discover a seat for subsequent 12 months.”
Giancarlo Fisichella was the final Italian to drive for Ferrari when he and fellow countryman Luca Badoer acted as substitute drivers for the injured Felipe Massa in 2009.
In February, Giovinazzi examined Ferrari’s SF15-T at its personal observe Fiorano which he described as ‘a beautiful feeling’.
Instantly after the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Giovinazzi returned to motion for Haas as its take a look at driver for the 2018 Pirelli tyre checks.