Giovinazzi sees room for improvement in various areas

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Antonio Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi

Competing in his third season in Formula 1, Antonio Giovinazzi feels that he can improve in a number of areas, and is aiming to do so.

The Italian has made a mixed start to life in F1, doing enough to keep hold of his seat at Alfa Romeo and impressing at times, but being beaten by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in both of his first two years.

The Finn once again got the better of him in the 2021 season opener, and many feel that if Giovinazzi loses that battle again, his seat could be given to another Ferrari junior driver.

He’s confident that he can improve this year though.

“It is my third season so I want to grow as a driver, as I did from my first season to my second season, improve. I want to do another step forward,” he told reporters in Bahrain.

“It is my third season so I will have more experience. Everything will look more simple, more normal and I can focus more on my side and improving different things.”

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He did at least beat Raikkonen in qualifying in Bahrain and won the Saturday head-to-head battle between the two in 2020.

Despite this, he’s still aiming to improve his qualifying performances as well as how he does on race day.

“There is for sure the race pace where I can still improve. I think I did a great step last year but I think I can still improve,” he said.

“Of course also, in qualifying, you always want more and more. Last year I was quite strong on the first lap but I want more. Just improving myself.

“I think it is good to be again in a third season with Kimi, that we know each other and I can still improve myself by looking at what Kimi is doing because I think he is a driver with a lot of experience and is a good [reference] point.”

He’ll feel confident of scoring more points this season with Alfa Romeo looking much stronger than they did in 2020, being closer to the midfield than the backmarkers.

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