Scuderia Ferrari has reserve drivers for 2023 Formula 1 season, reveals Motorsport.com Italy. It will mainly be Antonio Giovinazzi, who will not be bored this year. After a catastrophic stint in Formula E in 2022 with Penske (eight retirements, seven finishes for a best result of 16th), Giovinazzi will be driving the Ferrari 499P #51 in the Hypercar category of the World Endurance Championship, a car that he will share with Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado. The latter two are triple World Champions in the GTE Pro category, which disappeared at the end of 2022.
At the same time, Giovinazzi will therefore occupy the position of Ferrari reserve driver during all the Grands Prix which will not coincide with his commitments in the FIA WEC. These date conflicts are five in number, or even six if the Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for mid-April were to return to the calendar or to be replaced: they are also Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Spain, Great Britain and São Paulo.
In this case, it is Robert Schwartzman who will assume the role of reserve. Formula 2 vice-champion between Oscar Piastri and Zhou Guanyu in 2021, the Russian driver (now playing under Israeli license) has not found an outlet. He spent last season as a Ferrari test driver, with several tests including two free practice sessions, thanks to the regulations which impose the driving of rookies in Grand Prix.
Shwartzman has other ambitions, however: to return to competition in 2023. He recently conducted an IndyCar test with Chip Ganassi Racing at the Sebring track, but at this time, we do not know more about his program at to come.
Remember that Mick Schumacher, who was one of Ferrari’s reserves last year alongside Giovinazzi, is no longer linked to the prancing horse brand and has now taken on a similar role at Mercedes.
With Roberto Chinchero