"Sharing the garage with a world champion brings always many pros but also some tough challenges, in particular in my position of rookie driver. I learned a lot in many different ways thanks to Kimi: from watching his datas to having a look at his onboard videos. Racing against him is difficult since his experience and his attitude put him in a flawless mood race after race, while on the other hand having him as a benchmark really helps to improve my performances."
Asked about Raikkonen's behaviour as a team mate and guide, Antonio adds: "For sure Kimi is a man of few words, but he has always been helpful with me. I grew up a lot in this first half of the season thanks to him."
About his performances, which keep on displaying an excellent qualifying speed and an improving race pace but still not matching with Raikkonen's one, Giovinazzi explains the main reasons for that: "I've been out of the car for two years before the current season. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the simulator, which helped me a lot with raw speed and car develpment skills. What I missed was actual wheel-to-wheel action and racing situations. I think that's the reason for that gap between qualifying and race pace. But I also feel like, beside bad luck, that this gap is closing and that I'm finally getting into the racing groove again."
Related to the second half of the 2019 season, Antonio also speaks about his own targets: "For sure after the first point of my career a lot of pressure was taken off my back, and that was one of my targets for the first half of the year. Now of course I want to improve it by scoring many other points for the team and qualifying as many times as possible in the top ten. We saw that it may bring you into a wrong strategy, and that's something I wish it would be changed in 2021, but it's also a clear sign of speed."
Two years ago, in his rookie season, Giovinazzi fought until the very last race in Abu Dhabi for the GP2 title against Pierre Gasly: "I think that one year only in GP2/Formula 2, if you are straight away a title contender, it's enough. In that category I've learnt a lot about how to handle the tyre degradation and racing situation. It has been really useful for my development as a racing driver."