Giovinazzi on pole for second Sauber seat

Sep.13 (GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi has emerged on pole position to be Kimi Raikkonen’s teammate at Sauber next year.

Currently, the Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc’s teammate at the Swiss team is Marcus Ericsson, a driver with strong backing and links to Sauber’s owners.

“It’s no secret that I want to stay in Sauber, but I know the coming races will be very important for me,” said the Swede.

Multiple authoritative media sources say Italian Giovinazzi, the next best Ferrari junior in the Maranello team’s development academy, will get the drive.

“Giovinazzi is a really good driver and a big talent,” racing driver Toni Vilander, a Finnish F1 pundit, is quoted by Finland’s Ilta Sanomat.

“Let’s see how much Ericsson’s dollars weigh or whether it will be Alfa Romeo taking more of the decision making power.

“It would be great if Giovinazzi’s talent was to win over the other things,” he said.

Meanwhile, another Finnish pundit, former F1 driver Mika Salo, thinks Monaco-born Charles Leclerc could push Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next year.

“If you look at Charles’ career, he always controlled the situation,” he told MTV.

“I do not expect him to struggle at Ferrari. I would not even be surprised if he was ahead of Sebastian,” Salo added.

Related News

  • 24/09/2018 Sauber set to name Raikkonen teammate Sep.24 (GMM) Sauber boss Frederic Vasseur has denied that taking on Kimi Raikkonen for 2019 is part of the Swiss team's deal with Ferrari. Sauber is now a steadily improving midfield […]
  • 23/11/2017 Sauber set for driver, Alfa Romeo announcements Nov.23 (GMM) Sauber is shaping up to make announcements this week in Abu Dhabi. It is expected that Pascal Wehrlein will leave the Swiss team after Sunday's 2017 finale in Abu Dhabi, to […]
  • 06/12/2017 Keeping Sauber secret ‘difficult’ – Leclerc Dec.6 (GMM) Charles Leclerc admits it was "difficult" to keep F1's worst kept secret in the second half of the 2017 season. Most F1 insiders suspected the Monaco-born 20-year-old would […]
  • 15/12/2017 Giovinazzi not giving up after Sauber snub Dec.15 (GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi says he is keeping his chin up despite missing out on the Sauber seat for 2018. His fellow Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc is making the full-time step up […]
  • 12/09/2018 Raikkonen could buy into Sauber – Salo Sep.12 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen will keep his F1 career alive for another two seasons at least, despite losing his place at Ferrari to youngster Charles Leclerc. The 38-year-old has been […]
  • 28/02/2019 Raikkonen admits Alfa Romeo ‘fast’ Feb.28 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen has played down mounting speculation about Alfa Romeo's ability to be a dark horse of 2019. His former Ferrari teammate, Sebastian Vettel, on Wednesday […]
  • 01/07/2018 Ferrari seat ‘too early’ for Leclerc – Villeneuve Jul.1 (GMM) Jacques Villeneuve thinks Ferrari is promoting Charles Leclerc too soon. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Maranello team has signed up the 20-year-old Sauber driver […]
  • 11/04/2017 Marchionne not commenting on future post 2019 Apr.11 (GMM) Sergio Marchionne has refused to comment on reports he will stay in charge at Ferrari beyond 2019. During the Shanghai weekend, reports from Italy suggested the 64-year-old […]
  • 26/04/2018 Sauber racing Williams now – Ericsson Apr.26 (GMM) Sauber is now racing "on an equal footing" with Williams. That is the claim of Marcus Ericsson, the Swiss team Sauber's Swedish driver. Sauber was F1's slowest team in the […]