Antonio Giovinazzi hasn’t considered his options outside of Formula One since he’s solely focused on keeping his Alfa Romeo seat.
The Italian’s position at Alfa is the last one left to be confirmed for 2022, leaving Valtteri Bottas’ future team-mate uncertain.
As a result, Giovinazzi’s place in the sport has come under scrutiny, with a lengthy list of candidates in place to potentially replace him at Alfa next season.
However, the 27-year-old vows he will not surrender his position easy, and that he would not switch his focus to a 2022 drive until his F1 future has been decided.
“To be honest, for now, I want to focus to keep this seat in Formula 1,” Giovinazzi said, quoted by Autosport.
“Then if in the worst case, I would start to think about next year. But for now, I just want to focus on my job here in F1, and try to keep my seat.”
Giovinazzi added that thoughts surrounding his current situation are “not a question for me”, but rather should be levelled at team principal Frederic Vasseur.
“The only thing I can do is just drive and get to more points and I hope that will be enough,” said the Italian.
Guanyu Zhou, an Alpine junior driver, appears to be the current favorite to race for Alfa Romeo next season, with a reported €30 million in sponsorship money (although the team deny this).
The arrival of a Chinese driver in Formula 1 for the first time, as the present F2 driver would, would bring immense marketing potential for the team and sport.
Despite Alfa’s long connection with Ferrari, and Giovinazzi’s own experience as a junior driver with the Scuderia, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has said that Ferrari “cannot influence the team decision” when it comes to Alfa’s choice.
In terms of where Giovinazzi will drive next season, Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the possibilities open for him in 2022, but that he and his driver are both focused on earning another year with Alfa at this time.
“I think a lot will depend on his willing, and what are Antonio’s interests for the future,” Binotto said.
“But I think that the first step, for sure, is to try to find a place and the seat in F1 for him, and it’s where we are fully focused at the moment.”
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