• Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi

Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi (Photo : Twitter)

Formula One driver Antonio Giovinazzi said that he will definitely be wearing the red suit of Ferrari in the next leg of the tournament in Shanghai, China.

Surprise call

Giovinazzi made the remark after his debut race in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, Sports Mole reported. The racer, who serves as a reserve driver for Ferrari, was called up by Swiss team Sauber to replace its main driver Pascal Wehrlein pulled out from the race.

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Wehrlein had to back out of the Australian leg due to fitness concerns. But Giovinazzi admitted that he was also having the same issues during the stage. He said that he was having a tough time adjusting to the cornering style of Formula One, which he said was vastly different from Formula Two, where he was considered a standout in 2016.

Giovinazzi admitted that he was a bit conservative during his debut, Motorsport.com reported. He added that he was still getting used to the type of tires on the car. The 23-year old finished the race in the 12th spot.

Still wearing red

The racer said that he was very happy that an Italian like him is now back in F1 and that Ferrari is now back on the podium. The esteemed car manufacturer and racing team took first place in this season's opening race after Sebastian Vettel outgunned Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton by almost 10 seconds.

The win is considered as an important one for Ferrari, as it has been a while since it has snagged the top position in the race. This is also the first time since 2013 that a non-Mercedes driver has led the competition.

Meanwhile, Giovinazzi expressed confidence that he would still be able to don the Ferrari red suit again in the upcoming China leg. There have been rumors that he would be once again called up by Sauber for that stage.

However, insiders also say that Ferrari is showing a lot of interest in him as a potential substitute for Kimi Raikkonen should the latter opt to pass the 2018 season.