Antonio Giovinazzi enjoys “emotional” first Ferrari F1 test at Fiorano

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2016 GP2 vice-champion Antonio Giovinazzi enjoyed his first Formula 1 test with Ferrari at Fiorano on Thursday.

Giovinazzi, 23, finished second in last year’s GP2 standings behind Red Bull youngster Pierre Gasly, and stood out as one of the best rookies to grace the series in recent years.

The Italian’s efforts were good enough to land him a role as Ferrari’s third driver for the 2017 season, as confirmed by CEO Sergio Marchionne in December.

Giovinazzi was given his first taste of F1 machinery on Thursday, completing running in the 2015-spec Ferrari F1 car at Fiorano, its private test track.

According to Ferrari, Giovinazzi “ran a test program, approved by the FIA, aimed at making a comparison between data acquired in the simulator and on track.”

“It was a wonderful feeling, as this was my first time driving a Formula 1 car. For an Italian, driving out of the pits in a Ferrari is an amazing experience,” Giovinazzi said after the test.

“The actual testing was very interesting, with so many procedures to follow. But the guys in the team were very nice to me and extremely helpful and that made everything much easier. I’d like to thank the whole team.”