Giovinazzi vows to remain professional in final races with Alfa

Antonio Giovinazzi says he will remain professional in his last three Formula 1 races with Alfa Romeo despite drawing criticism from team boss Frederic Vasseur over his social media post.

Alfa Romeo announced earlier this week that Giovinazzi would be leaving the team at the end of the season, with Formula 2 title contender Guanyu Zhou taking his seat.

In confirming his departure from the team, Giovinazzi wrote on social media that "when money rules it can be ruthless", hinting at the financial backing Zhou will be bringing next year.

It led to criticism from Vasseur, who said on This Week with Will Buxton that he was "not a big fan of this kind of attitude" and noted the opportunity Alfa Romeo had provided Giovinazzi in F1.

Speaking on Thursday in Qatar, Giovinazzi revealed he was yet to speak with Vasseur about the posts as his team boss was yet to arrive at the track.

But he underlined his belief that he had acted professionally, and vowed to continue to do so through his final three races with the team.

"I think I have been professional in these last few years, and I will be professional these last few races," Giovinazzi said.

"So [I have] nothing to add, to be honest. With myself I'm happy, and I think I feel that I've been professional in these last few years, and will be in the last three races."

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing and Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing and Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Following his exit from the team, Giovinazzi will move into Formula E after signing with Dragon for the upcoming campaign.

But the Italian hoped he would still have some kind of involvement with F1 through his links to Ferrari, potentially as a reserve driver, and added he had an interest in Ferrari's upcoming Hypercar programme in the World Endurance Championship.

"About Hypercar, they will go on in 2023, so there is no news yet about this," Giovinazzi said when asked about a possible move to the sportscar programme.

"But so far what I know that I will do FE, and it's a great championship, I will enjoy that.

"Plus we are trying to stay here as well, like a third driver in Ferrari. And see what what will happen in 2022.

"For sure [WEC] is one that championship that I would like to join. But it is too early to know and to decide."

shares
comments
Verstappen: F1 action against Red Bull shows Mercedes' "true nature"
Previous article

Verstappen: F1 action against Red Bull shows Mercedes' "true nature"

Next article

The benefits resulting from F1's growing Middle Eastern influence

The benefits resulting from F1's growing Middle Eastern influence
Load comments
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season Prime

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1 Prime

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. Nigel Roebuck recalls a remarkable champion.

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022
How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Prime

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Motorsport.com heard from the man himself

Formula 1
Jan 6, 2022
How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications Prime

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications

OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around

Formula 1
Jan 5, 2022
The adapt or die mentality that will shape F1's future Prime

The adapt or die mentality that will shape F1's future

As attitudes towards the motor car and what powers it change, Formula 1 must adapt its offering. Mark Gallagher ponders the end of fossil fuels

Formula 1
Jan 3, 2022