NUERBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 11: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on October 11, 2020 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay - Pool/Getty Images)

Antonio Giovinazzi spoke about his F1 journey after his heartbreaking exit from the sport at the end of the season.

Giovinazzi spent three seasons with Alfa Romeo (then Sauber), and was a solid driver with the team. Unfortunately, his time at F1 came to an end at the end of 2021, as he was replaced by Chinese rookie Guanyu Zhou for 2022.

The Italian was critical of this decision, and suggested that he had been let go because his financial package was less than his replacement’s. Nevertheless, the fact is that he does not have a seat next season.

Giovinazzi spoke about his F1 journey after his heartbreaking exit from the sport, and highlighted the trials and tribulations he faced to get where he is today.

In a recent interview with Corriere, he said, “The older I grew up, the more difficult it became to realize the dream of being an F1 driver.

“But I believed in it, but above all dad believed in it. He made so many sacrifices for me.

Giovinazzi (pictured) was let go by Alfa Romeo. Source: Reuters

“At the time he was a representative of a transport company. He went around many companies and before talking about his work he talked about me. ‘Do you know that I have a son who races in karts? If there was a sponsor’…”

Sacrifices

“(My mother was a) housewife,” he continued.  

“We never missed anything, but we didn’t live in luxury. And then she was worried.

“At the age of 13, I was travelling almost alone, accompanied only by the mechanic, also from Puglia. Trains, buses, abroad by truck. It was not easy for her to accept.

“But he never made me weigh it. He endured so that that dream would come true.”

Giovinazzi is currently Ferrari’s reserve driver. However, he will be trying his best to make a return to F1.

Read more: Vasseur opens up on whether Giovinazzi’s exit will affect Alfa Romeo’s relationship with Ferrari

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