Five-place grid drop for Giovinazzi

Date published: July 12 2020

Antonio Giovinazzi says he "grew up like a driver" in 2019.

Antonio Giovinazzi will start the Styrian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after a new gearbox was fitted to his Alfa Romeo car.

The Italian kissed the barrier during Q1 which was run in treacherous conditions at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday. He lost control of his Alfa Romeo at the final corner and slid across the track with the back of his car making contact with the wall.

Giovinazzi was able to keep the car going and return to the pits, but not before bits of his car went spewing on to the wet track.

As a precaution, the Alfa Romeo team has fitted a new gearbox which automatically results in a five-place grid penalty. As Giovinazzi was due to start P19 anyway, he will actually only drop one place to P20. Romain Grosjean moves to P19.

After his qualifying session, Giovinazzi said: “It’s been a difficult session, even though at the beginning of the session we were really strong. We needed something special on the final lap, I tried to push as much as I could to get the position but unfortunately I went onto the kerb at the second last corner, lost the rear a little bit and that was it.

“It’s a shame as I was improving my time by nearly a second and I think I would have made it to Q2. Sunday may be dry so we have completely different conditions to deal with. We start from the back, like last week, but just as we did last Sunday we will need to make the race work for us. We know we have the pace to recover so we won’t give up.”

Giovinazzi joins Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc on the penalty list. They both have three-place grid drops.

Norris received his for overtaking during yellow flag conditions in Friday practice; Leclerc for impeding during qualifying.

Updated grid:

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.273
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.216s
3 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.398s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1.428s
5 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.649s
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1.738s
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.755s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.919s
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1.652s
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2.378s
11 George Russell Williams 1:19.636
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:19.645
13 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:19.717
14 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:19.628
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:20.211
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:21.372
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:21.607
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:21.759
19 Romain Grosjean Haas no time
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:21.831

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