Rising GP2 star Antonio Giovinazzi spent Monday in Ferrari’s Formula 1 simulator at Maranello in Italy.
Giovinazzi moved into GP2 for 2016 with Prema Racing after impressing the the FIA F3 series last year, partnering Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly.
Despite being in his rookie season, Giovinazzi finds himself in contention for the GP2 title with four races remaining, trailing Gasly by just 10 points.
On Monday, Ferrari confirmed that the Italian youngster was invited to try his hand in its simulator at Maranello.
“It was a very enjoyable experience and I would like to thank Ferrari for this opportunity,” Giovinazzi said.
“However, now it’s straight back to concentrating fully on my GP2 program for the rest of this season.”
Italian drivers have a rich history in both F1 and at Ferrari, but there are none currently on the grid, making Giovinazzi’s rise of particular interest.
Ferrari’s young driver academy currently comprises Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Giuliano Alesi (all GP3) and Guanyu Zhou (FIA F3).
Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).
It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).
Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.
The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.
“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”
“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”