Date: 31st May 2017 at 6:52pm
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Ferrari’s third driver Antonio Giovinazzi will return to the Formula One paddock during 2017.

The 23-year-old replaced the injured Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber at the start of the Formula One World Championship season, making his grand prix racing debut in Australia.

The Italian finished 12th on that occasion but impressed a fair few people and rumour even speculated that he could permanently replace Wehrlein at Sauber.

But whilst Giovinazzi will return to the paddock this season, he will not be returning with Sauber but instead with the American Haas team.

His first appearance will be in Free Practice One at the British Grand Prix in July, taking Kevin Magnussen’s seat for the session.

He will also replace Kevin Magnussen for FP1 at Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

And will also replace Romain Grosjean in FP1 in Mexico.

‘In a year that’s already been filled with great opportunities, I’m proud to have another one with Haas F1 team,’ said Giovinazzi to motorsport.com.

‘Being the third driver with Scuderia Ferrari is obviously a great place to be, and getting seat time in these FP1 sessions with Haas F1 team will keep me sharp. I’ll be able to take what I’ve learned in the simulator and apply it in actual race conditions.

‘I’m proud of the faith Ferrari and Haas have in me and gracious for the seat time Kevin and Romain are sharing with me.’

 

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