Being able to do Friday practice should make Antonio Giovinazzi’s second race weekend easier than his first, he believes.
The Ferrari reserve drivers was drafted into Sauber’s race team as a replacement for Pascal Wehrlein following second practice in Melbourne two weeks ago.
“It was a quite late call on Saturday morning,” said Giovinazzzi, “but I really enjoyed everything I did from FP3 to qualifying to race.”
“To start from FP1 will be more easy. And also to have the experience from Melbourne will make everything a lot more easy.”
“It will be a different race weekend though. The weather also looks difficult. So, it will be maybe wet and also to have some experience in the wet conditions will be good. What I can do is to do my best and hope the result can be good like Melbourne.”
Giovinazzi admitted he could have pushed harder during the race as he had been used to managing Pirelli’s high-degradation tyres last year in GP2.
“My strong part, I think, in GP2 was – in the race – to save the tyres,” he explained. “In Melbourne, I didn’t have much experience so maybe I was too slow in the beginning of the race.”
“But of course here I will improve, to already have FP1 and FP2 will be good to see how is the degradation, to have a feeling with the car so I hope I can do a better job in the race.”
He said “the end of the race was not easy” from a physical point of view but said he “expected it to be more difficult”.
“Here I think it will be a little bit tough because the track has a lot longer corners so for the neck it will be not easy – but I was training last week and hope to also be OK here.”
Giovinazzi has not been told yet whether he will continue to race for Sauber in the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place once week after Sunday’s grand prix.
“Now we just think race-by-race. I had the call here on Tuesday and I’m here to race for Sauber but already from next week I will be back in red with the Scuderia Ferrari – but then we will see in the future.”