Antonio Giovinazzi has reiterated his goal to score a podium finish in 2021, something he feels Alfa Romeo “deserve”.
The Italian racer is preparing for his third season in Formula 1 as part of the Alfa Romeo team, and that familiarity he feels is already an advantage heading into the new campaign.
“The winter went quickly and I am really looking forward to the new season,” he told the Sauber website.
“This will be my third season with the team, I am very happy to continue our history together. Of course, we know it may again be a tricky one, but I am confident the hard work we all did during the winter in the factory will pay off.
“Having two full seasons with the team means I already know much better the people around me, so our work can be better.”
Giovinazzi scored four points in what was a difficult 2020 for Alfa Romeo, contributing the same amount as veteran team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, so this time around the Italian wants to be a more consistent name in the top 10.
And if the opportunity is there, he would love to finish on the Formula 1 podium for the first time – something he says Alfa Romeo “deserve”.
“Of course, the target is still the same – scoring a lot of points together,” he explained.
“My dream would be to score a podium with this team, that would be at the top of our list. But first we need to see where we are in terms of performance and speed. I am confident we can do very well this year.
“I want to keep improving, like I did last year compared with the first season, and do another step forward. As I have said before, scoring a podium would be the ultimate dream. It is what this team deserves.”
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) March 1, 2021
Pre-season testing has been slashed to just three days for 2021, but the stability of the regulations means Giovinazzi and Alfa Romeo feel in a good place heading into Bahrain.
“We’ll only have three days for two drivers this year, that means just a day and a half for each of us. That won’t be easy but fortunately, because of the regulations and our team’s stability, we are in a good situation,” said Giovinazzi.
“The car will be quite similar to last year, so we can focus immediately on trying to do as many laps and collect as much data as we can and be ready in top shape for the first race.”