Mattia Binotto has said Antonio Giovinazzi could become a Ferrari driver, but needs to show more improvement with Alfa Romeo in 2020.
Giovinazzi returned to the grid in 2019 to partner up with Kimi Raikkonen, but had a slow start back to life as a Formula 1 driver with just one points finish in his first 13 races.
But, the Italian did put together a stronger second half of the campaign which culminated in a P5 finish in Brazil.
With one seat potentially becoming free at Ferrari for the 2021, Binotto still wants to see more from his junior driver if he is to put himself in contention.
“At the moment it is too early to talk about it,” Binotto told Gazzetta dello Sport about Giovinazzi’s chances of joining the senior team in 2021.
“We had a positive discussion with him because he did show signs of growth throughout the year and remember it was two years since he competed.
“In the second part of the season he was often very close to or ahead of Raikkonen. I believe that the mistakes or difficulties he had in races at the beginning of the season very slowly went away. So he’s growing.
“Antonio can be a Ferrari driver, but let’s see how he develops again in 2020. If I have to judge only on 2019, then no [he is not ready]. We need to see a further step.”