Ferrari has officially announced not one but two drivers who shall be sharing the reserve seat.
The Prancing Horses have confirmed that Antonio Giovinazzi and Robert Shwartzman will share the reserve driver seat for the 2023 season.
Robert Shwartzman Rises Up The Ranks At Ferrari
Robert Shwartzman is from a Ferrari Academy product. The Israeli-Russian driver will have to compete under the banner of the Israeli flag as the Russian flag has been banned in Formula 1. Shwartzman competed in Formula 2 in 2020 and 2021. He finished fourth and second respectively. The 23-year-old is also the inaugural champion of the Formula 3 season in 2019.
Earlier in January, Shwartzman was spotted doing an IndyCar test-run for Ganassi at Sebring and impressively set the fastest time. He is additionally set to race the 296 GT3 in the SRO GT World Challenge Europe whilst being the reserve driver for Ferrari. Shwartzman impressed the Ferrari camp with his simulator work last year.
Shwartzman took to social media to react to Ferrari’s announcement. He stated, “Honored to step up as Scuderia Ferrari F1 reserve driver and continue my journey with the Ferrari family. I look forward to working hard, getting back behind the wheel of the F1 car and racing in the GT World Challenge with Ferrari Competizioni GT.” Also Read: McLaren Don’t Expect Oscar Piastri To Follow The Ricciardo Downward Spiral
Antonio Giovinazzi Reprises The Role
Antonio Giovinazzi is the second name to share the Ferrari reserve seat for the 2023 season. He reprises his role as the Ferrari reserve driver. The former Haas driver will be on double duty as he also drives the Ferrari Hypercar. He will not be racing at Formula E unlike last year. After being let go by Haas, Giovinazzi achieved the gig as the Ferrari reserve driver last season after failing to find a permanent seat.
Last season, Antonio Giovinazzi and Mick Schumacher were Ferrari’s reserves. Schumacher has since left the Ferrari Academy and joined Mercedes as their reserve driver. Also Read: Guenther Steiner Turns A Deaf Ear To ‘Copying’ Accusations
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