Giovinazzi a ‘supporter’ of Italian triple

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Antonio Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi would love to see Formula 1 race at three Italian circuits this September, even if none of the races have a single fan in the stands.

As Formula 1 debates the second half of the 2020 calendar there is talk of an Italian triple header.

While the sport has already confirmed Monza will play host to round eight, it is widely believed that Ferrari’s track, Mugello, will be handed the ninth slot on the calendar.

That would mean the Scuderia’s 1000th Formula 1 grand prix would take place on home soil.

However, Mugello could yet be followed by Imola, in what the former San Marino GP venue’s circuit boss says would be a “legendary national triple”.

Italian racer Giovinazzi agrees.

“I’m just really happy to hear this one because for me to race three times in Italy is something that will never happen again,” Giovinazzi told the F1 podcast.

“I would be the first Italian driver to race in one year in three Italian races.

“It will be really cool. We don’t know yet, but I’m a big supporter of this.

“Unfortunately, it will not be the same thing as when I raced last year, because the people make the difference for me, the fans, the Tifosi, and unfortunately the people will not be there.

“But I’m really happy if for three weeks in a row I can race in Italy. I’m just really excited about this news.

“We’ll see what happens, but like I said before, I’m a supporter.”

The Alfa Romeo driver believes all three venues would bring something different to the calendar.

“They are three fantastic tracks,” he said. “Monza for sure I had a lot of experience there, a lot of races. It was my first Italian GP last year, so for me it’s a special track.

“Mugello, I think with this new F1 car, it’s an unbelievable track, it will be amazing to do one quali lap there.

“But also Imola, a lot of history, it’s a really fast track, a really narrow track as well. I just want to race on all three of them, because they are fantastic and exciting tracks.”

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