Giovinazzi not a fan of Leclerc comparisons

Date published: January 15 2019

Antonio Giovinazzi: Avoiding Leclerc comparisons

Antonio Giovinazzi wants to avoid comparisons with Charles Leclerc and just focus on himself and his own development.

Leclerc’s first season in Formula 1, with Sauber, enabled him to make the jump up to partner Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari in 2019 after a very impressive rookie campaign.

But Giovinazzi is not necessarily aiming to make the same sort of impact as Leclerc did because his predominant aim is to be his own man and learn for himself.

“I didn’t speak much to him about this jump, I want to focus on myself,” said Giovinazzi via Motorsport.com.

“I don’t want to repeat Charles’ results this year or improve his results – my target is just to do the best I can on my side.

“I will have a different team-mate from Charles [who was partnered with Marcus Ericsson].

“So everything will look different. I hope the car can be faster at race one, and start to push from Melbourne.”

But Giovinazzi did say that he was happy to see that there are opportunities for young drivers to make a lasting impression.

He added: “Already, many young drivers show they are fast enough to be in a top team, like [Max] Verstappen, and Pierre [Gasly], and Charles.

“It’s good to see a young driver can do a fantastic job in a top team.

“My target is to improve. It will be my first year in F1. My target is to improve myself.”

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