Leading GP2 driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been given an opportunity to drive Ferrari’s Formula One simulator.
Giovinazzi, whose fourth GP2 win on Saturday gives the rookie more victories than any other driver so far this year, visited the Maranello team today.
“It was a very enjoyable experience and I would like to thank Ferrari for this opportunity,” said Gionvinazzi following his run. “However, now it’s straight back to concentrating fully on my GP2 programme for the rest of this season.”
Ferrari’s young driver programme was hit by the death of Jules Bianchi following a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi was in his second year of Formula One and was considered a potential future Ferrari driver.
The Italian team then parted ways with Giovinazzi’s GP2 rival Raffaele Marciello at the beginning of this season. Giovinazzi won Saturday’s Monza race after passing Marciello on the final lap.
Ferrari has GP3 championship leader Charles Leclerc among its roster of junior drivers.
Giovinazzi lies ten points behind Prema team mate and championship leader Pierre Gasly, who is backed by Red Bull, with four races remaining.
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