Antonio Giovinazzi said he drove with some margin in hand when the track was wet during today’s test to avoid emulating Lance Stroll’s crash.
The Ferrari reserve driver completed his test for Sauber today as a substitute for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. He said he took care building up to exploring the limit when the track was wet today.
“A crash can happen so especially with this car, with a lot of grip and a lot different, but yeah I take it easy,” he said. “Especially this morning when it was a wetter condition.”
“But then a driver is always in the limit, I need to see what is the limit so I was quite confident.”
Giovinazzi admitted he wasn’t sure whether he had tackled the rapid turns three and nine flat-out when he did a qualifying simulation as the track dried out. While the rookie finished the test without crashing, he did own up to a lock-up at one point. “Everything is new for me so also to find the limit you need to lock sometimes and this I think is what happened,” he said.
The 23-year-old said he’d had a “positive four days” at Sauber. “Also to be here and watch the other drivers was a good experience.”
“I did quite a lot of laps in the wet, intermediate, slick again. Then in the afternoon we repeat again the programme but I think it was really important for me to get confidence with the car in different conditions.”
“I’m really happy with the programme we did, with the team and everything, a really good sensation.”
Giovinazzi may have an opportunity to return if Wehrlein is unable to drive for the team next week. However he does not know when that decision will be taken.
“They decide,” he said. “I’m a Ferrari driver so I’m waiting what Sauber say and what Ferrari say.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year