Hailing from Martina Franca in Italy, Antonio Giovinazzi was born on December 14, 1993. Like most budding racing drivers, he began his career in karts and enjoyed more than enough success to graduate to single-seaters for the 2012 Formula Pilota China series.
Six race wins took him to the title in his maiden season and he moved back to Europe and Formula 3 for 2013. His first victory came that year at Silverstone in the British series, and he went on to finish sixth overall in the 2014 European F3 Championship.
He improved to second in the standings in 2015 after six wins, 20 podiums, four pole positions and four fastest laps, and capped a superb season with victory in the F3 Masters at Zandvoort, as well as getting his first taste of DTM competition.
Giovinazzi’s rise continued in 2016 when he made an instant impact in GP2, scoring five wins with Prema Racing en route to the runner-up spot in the highly competitive F1 feeder series. It was enough to land him a third-driver role with Ferrari’s Formula One team for 2017.
The position led to an unexpected F1 race debut with the Ferrari-powered Sauber squad at 2017’s season opening Grand Prix in Australia, after Pascal Wehrlein declared himself unfit to race. Giovinazzi acquitted himself well, despite the very late call-up - it came on the Saturday morning of the Melbourne meeting - qualifying 16th and finishing 12th.