Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi to Share Reserve Driver Duties with Ferrari

Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi to Share Reserve Driver Duties with Ferrari Photo: TT
Mick Schumacher testing with Scuderia Ferrari at Fiorano 2021, Day 4. Photo Courtesy: Ferrari Ferrari Driver Academy.

Antonio Giovinazzi will continue to act as a reserve driver for the team, sharing the role with Mick Schumacher, who will take his place in 11 of the 23 Formula One rounds next season, Scuderia Ferrari announced Wednesday.

During the past two seasons, Antonio Giovinazzi combined his role as a full-time driver for Alfa Romeo Racing with his duties as a reserve driver for Scuderia Ferrari.

In 2022, he will combine a Formula E-Formula 1 program, as the Scuderia outlined in an official statement released earlier in the day.

The 28-year-old will be on hand for 12 of next year’s 23 races and will stay in touch with Formula 1 through a busy simulator program so that he is fully au fait with the 2022 car.”

The first Italian to score points at the pinnacle of motorsport since Vitantonio Liuzzi (2010) with Force India, will attend grands prix with the team, being available to step in the 2022 challenger, in the case that “any of Scuderia Ferrari customer teams require a replacement driver,” the squad remarked.

Furthermore, Mick Schumacher will take his place at the eleven rounds that clash with the Italian’s Formula E duties.

The Haas F1 driver will start his second season in Formula One next year, adding the reserve driver work with Ferrari to his program.

The 22-year-old has been a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) since 2019, after winning the European Formula 3 championship. In 2020, the young German claimed the Formula 2 title, graduating to Formula One.

According to the Scuderia, in 2022, Schumacher will count on the support from Ferrari’s young driver program, both at the track and in Maranello, where he will be able to use the team’s simulator.

For his part, Robert Shwartzman, who finished the Formula 2 championship as a runner-up with Prema Racing - won by teammate Oscar Piastri - will be working alongside Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon as a test driver for the Italian manufacturer.

In 2021, the Russian driver, 22, took part in three Formula One test sessions behind the wheel of the Prancing Horse (Cavallino Rampante).

A week ago, he made his debut at the post-season Young Driver Test at the wheel of the SF21 with Ferrari in Abu Dhabi, also driving the VF-21 for Haas F1 Team.

GIOVINAZZI’S JOURNEY IN F1 SO FAR

In 2019, Giovinazzi became a full-time Formula One driver, joining Alfa Romeo ORLEN Racing, a role he continued to enforce until the end of the 2021 season when the Hinwil-based team decided not to retain him for 2022.

Following the news, the Martina France native announced he would embark on a new career challenge, joining the American team, Dragon Penske Autosport, to compete at the ABB FIA Formula E world championship.

The Italian will partner with Brazilian driver Sergio Sette Camara for the eighth season of the all-electric series, set to kick off next January in Saudi Arabia, featuring a record 16 races in 12 cities around the globe.

Scuderia Ferrari full-time drivers are Carlos Sainz Jr. and Charles Leclerc.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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