Now that he is finally starting to feel more comfortable during races, Antonio Giovinazzi is confident he can secure his Alfa Romeo race seat for 2020 by continuing his recent good form.
After nearly two full seasons on the sidelines, Giovinazzi finally landed his first full-time seat in Formula 1 with the Hinwil-based squad.
It wasn’t the smoothest of starts as he struggled to match his more experienced team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
However, he finally got his first point on the board at the Austrian Grand Prix and continued that form after the summer break as he was P9 at Monza and P10 in Singapore.
Alfa Romeo are yet to confirm the Italian for next season, but Giovinazzi feels “nobody can take his seat” if he continues to perform well.
“I think I still need to push. [It was] two good positive weekends, Monza and Singapore, but we need to still push,” he told Crash.net.
“Like I say all of the time, I think if I continue with these results, and with this speed, nobody can take my seat for next year.”
After competing in two races at the start of the 2017 season, Giovinazzi was forced to spend the bulk of the last two campaigns in reserve and simulator roles.
And he admits it was never going to be easy to make the step up, but he is starting to settle in.
“The speed in qualy was always there compared to Kimi. We were always really close in terms of performance, sometimes in front of him, sometimes behind him, but always really close,” he said.
“But then the race was the main problem, the management of the race in general. Bu for two years I just did two races in F1 plus one Le Mans last year. So to come back in F1 with the best category with the best drivers was not easy.
“But I think now I’m more comfortable in the race. The pace is also a lot better, and I hope to continue on this way, and I think we are on the right way.”