Giovinazzi enjoys Ferrari F1 simulator run at Maranello

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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).