Antonio Giovinazzi says a year’s worth of experience means he is “less stressed” heading into the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Ferrari-affiliated Giovinazzi stepped up to Formula 1 full-time last year – having previously made two late-notice substitute appearances in 2017 – with Alfa Romeo.
Giovinazzi finished a low-key 17th in the championship though logged a standout fifth at the Brazilian Grand Prix, boosting his tally to 14 points.
He has been retained by Alfa Romeo, alongside 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, for the upcoming campaign.
“I feel just less stressed compared to last year,” he said. “I have already one year on the shoulder, I know already how I can approach the race weekend.
“I know most of the tracks – just Vietnam [is unknown], but it will be new for everyone.
“I just [feel] more ready, I want to be already from race one on a good shape as we need to try to score points already from the beginning of the season.”
Alfa Romeo logged 735 laps across the six days of testing, more than only Haas, as it got to grips with its Ferrari-powered C39.
Alfa Romeo finished eighth in last year’s Constructors’ Championship and on where the team has made gains, Giovinazzi said: “I think the car feels just more easy to drive.
“I think we need to improve in some points, we are happy on other points, we just need to focus on our job.
“There is still a long way to go, we have not much time for Melbourne but enough to try to solve some problems.”