Giovinazzi gets Ferrari F1 simulator run

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Giovinazzi gets Ferrari F1 simulator run
Pablo Elizalde
By: Pablo Elizalde
Sep 5, 2016, 4:19 PM

GP2 title contender Antonio Giovinazzi has spent a day in the Ferrari F1 simulator, the Italian squad announced on Monday.

Podium: Norman Nato, Racing Engineering; Pierre Gasly, PREMA Racing and Antonio Giovinazzi, PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi, PREMA Racing
Podium: Antonio Giovinazzi, PREMA Racing Raffaele Marciello, RUSSIAN TIME and Gustav Malja, Rapax
Antonio Giovinazzi, PREMA Racing and Pierre Gasly, PREMA Racing

The 22-year-old is second in the GP2 standings behind Red Bull junior and Prema teammate Pierre Gasly, having enjoyed a very strong second part of the season.

The Italian, 10 points behind Gasly with two rounds remaining, is currently the top rookie, having taken four victories so far, including in last weekend's Feature race at Monza.

Ferrari said Giovinazzi had visited Maranello on Monday for his first ever test session in an F1 simulator.

"It was a very enjoyable experience and I would like to thank Ferrari for this opportunity", said Giovinazzi.

"However, now it's straight back to concentrating fully on my GP2 programme for the rest of this season."

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene said over the Italian Grand Prix weekend that the Maranello squad was following Giovinazzi's progress closely.

"Of course," Arrivabene said. "We are active in terms of a development programme but it is never easy to line everything up.

"We are Italian, and to have with us an Italian would be a positive thing. But it's not easy."

Giovinazzi  is managed by the well connected Enrico Zanarini, agent for Ferrari's Kaspersky sponsorship, and manager of both Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco and Ferrari sportscar man Giancarlo Fisichella.

Additional reporting by Adam Cooper

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Author Pablo Elizalde
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