Antonio Giovinazzi says subsequent 12 months was not the correct time for him to step as much as Ferrari in Components 1, having been ignored by the staff as Sebastian Vettel’s substitute.
Alfa Romeo’s Giovinazzi is the latest member of the Ferrari Driver Academy to graduate to F1, becoming a member of the sector full-time final 12 months.
However the Italian was ignored for a drive with Ferrari following affirmation of four-time world champion Vettel’s exit, with the seat as an alternative going to McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Giovinazzi mentioned he didn’t really feel any disappointment over lacking out on the drive, believing it was not the correct time for him to make the step up.
“I am nonetheless a part of that household, and I used to be actually blissful to be a part of that checklist, to possibly have the chance to take that seat,” Giovinazzi mentioned in an interview with Sky Sports activities F1.
“I feel in the long run, in my profession, I by no means had one thing straightforward. I all the time combat, I all the time did loads of sacrifice to have one thing again.
“I feel now was possibly not the correct time, after simply 23 grands prix.
“Final season, I grew up rather well by way of the 12 months, however this 12 months we did not race, so it was actually troublesome for me.
“I am nonetheless younger, so I am positive if I proceed like that and I proceed to combat and work actually had, I can have that risk [with Ferrari] sooner or later.”
Giovinazzi skilled a blended begin to life in F1 with Alfa Romeo final 12 months, failing to attain any factors in his first eight races earlier than choosing up later within the season.
He recorded a greatest end of fifth on the Brazilian Grand Prix, lifting him to 17th within the drivers’ championship.
Requested why the timing was not proper to affix Ferrari, Giovinazzi mentioned: “I solely had one season.
“I do know Charles [Leclerc] solely had one season after which went to Ferrari straightaway, however from my aspect, I feel wanting again, I struggled within the second half of the season with the automobile.
“[Even] If I grew up as a driver, the outcomes had been not likely there. However I am nonetheless a part of Ferrari, and Mattia [Binotto] mentioned they observe me and observe all my profession, [which] is one thing actually nice.
“I am positive that also working with Alfa Romeo, nonetheless we are able to do nice outcomes collectively, and that is my principal goal now, that is my staff now.
“Sooner or later, we’ll see. I do know I am nonetheless Ferrari driver, so I am positive I can have possibly a chance sooner or later.”