“This works quite well I would say”- Antonio Giovinazzi states what made him a better driver with Alfa Romeo in 2020, as he got an extension.
Antonio Giovinazzi after having a rough debut season finally managed to have his grip in 2020 by managing to qualify ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen in nine out of 17 events.
Though the pair only managed to amass four points each in a difficult season for the Swiss team, Giovinazzi’s exhibits convinced the Ferrari backed team to extend his stay and not bring in a rookie for 2021.
Reflecting on his performances last year, the 27-year-old race driver revealed his hand in making himself a better competitor by watching his videos on board during his second season in the sport.
“After qualifying, of course, we do the debriefing [where] you watch maybe the lap you did [and see] where you lost something. But after that moment I’m just focused 100% for the race and a start especially,” Giovinazzi said to the Motorsport.com.
“Because with the cars that we have this year and then with the difficulty to follow and overtake, I think if you have a good start and good first lap and you gain positions there, then the race will be much easier.
“I focus a lot on watching [videos] from the past year – the starts and onboards and also some videos that we have from last years,” he further added.
“And this works quite well I would say. I’m thrilled with the work that I did in this season and will continue to work like this for the future.”
Reminisced over F4 videos
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Formula 1 had resorted to the tracks which it never approached in years, like Imola, Algarve and Nurburgring, which meant Giovinazzi had to recollect tapes from his junior days to prepare for the races on these tracks.
“When we have a new track, of course, I’m trying to watch may be from the other categories – Formula 4 – every video that I can find the start [at] that track”, the 27-year-old added.
“I try to learn something from the videos, but yeah, it was not easy. I would say it’s much easier to have [a known quantity] like a Bahrain that you raced before and there are so many starts that you can watch online and what can happen in each corner.
“This is much easier, but it was also quite nice to see in Imola watching Formula 4 starts and then I had a good first lap again over there, so it was good.”