Despite setting the pace at the Hungaroring on Tuesday, Antonio Giovinazzi concedes he is not guaranteed a seat on next year’s F1 grid.
Driving for Ferrari on Day One of the post-Hungarian GP test, Giovinazzi topped the timesheet with what was, at least on the day, a new lap record.
That was beaten the following day by George Russell as Giovinazzi swapped the SF71H for the Sauber F1 car.
The Italian finished Wednesday’s running with the fourth best time, however, more importantly his 1:17.558 was six-tenths faster than Marcus Ericsson‘s best.
Giovinazzi told Autosport: “I’m really happy.
“But because I did a good job is not for sure I will have the seat next year.
“Everything will change, what I will do is my best and we’ll see if it will happen or not.”
Should he find a place on next year’s grid, it won’t be his debut as he has already contested two grands pix having replaced Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber last season.
It was anything but a successful outing for the 24-year-old who was second from last in Australia and crashed in China.
When if he had unfinished F1 business, he replied: “You cannot imagine! I really want to go back.
“Now we’ll see. I still have four FP1s with Sauber.
“At the end of the year I hope I can have the seat I want.”