Antonio Giovinazzi has asserted that his Formula 1 seat with Alfa Romeo for the 2021 season will be secure if he can continue on his current trajectory.
Giovinazzi joined Alfa Romeo full-time last year in the seat over which Ferrari has an influence, scoring points at four events, peaking with fifth in Brazil.
He classified ninth at Formula 1’s 2020 opener in Austria but has yet to capture another top 10 finish amid Alfa Romeo’s ongoing struggles.
Ferrari has three junior drivers competing at the sharp end of the Formula 2 grid, with Robert Shwartzman leading Callum Ilott in the standings, while Mick Schumacher holds fourth.
Alfa Romeo is one of only three Formula 1 teams – along with AlphaTauri and Haas – yet to confirm either of its drivers for the 2021 campaign.
It is understood that current outcast Nico Hulkenberg is in contention to make a full-time return while Alfa Romeo is also waiting on the outcome of the Sergio Perez/Racing Point situation.
“I think first of all I came to Formula 1 as a I don’t have any big names behind me or any big sponsor behind me,” Giovinazzi said ahead of this weekend’s round at Monza, the first of three home events for the 26-year-old.
“I’m here just because of results and talent. I know that Formula 1 is critical, you need to be always on a good shape every race weekend.
“I know also that many times one week you can be a bad driver and then the next week just after a few days you can be a hero.
“From my side I know that if I continue like I’m doing, to be fast and to try to score the points for the team nobody can take my seat for next year.
“We [will] see what happens but I’m quite sure from what I need to do: be fast and be consistent.”