After two starts in 2017, two years as reserve and test driver in Sauber, 2014 European F3 and 2015 GP2 series vice-champion Antonio Giovinazzi finally was signed for his first full competitive season in Formula One by Alfa Romeo Racing. Giovinazzi became the first Italian driver since Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi in 2011. The Sauber-engineered Alfa Romeo- badged C38 car continued Sauber’s indexing system, and was designed by Sauber designers team led by Simone Resta and Luca Furbatto. Giovinazzi’s teammate was an experienced Kimi Raikkonen, who came to Alfa Romeo after last five seasons with Ferrari. Kimi completely outperformed Italian debutant scoring 43 out of 57 team’s points. Giovinazzi achieved his career best finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix, crossing the line in sixth place before being promoted to fifth after Lewis Hamilton was penalized.
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