Head Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn said that the team was surprised by the performance of Antonio Giovinazzi at the Grand Prix of Australia.
On Saturday morning 23-year-old Italian promptly replaced by Pascal Wehrlein, who decided to opt out due to problems with the physical form. In qualifying, Giovinazzi took 16 th place, and in the race finished in 12th position.
As described by Kaltenborn, the team did not set any specific targets for the newbie and only asked him to avoid mistakes.
“Of course, such a statement was a surprise to us, because he spent his first race in Formula 1, – quotes Kaltenborn AUTOSPORT. – Yes, he took part in the tests, tested the Pirelli tyres [at Ferrari], but it was something different compared to what I did the other racers. So it was really impressive.
In his possession was only one training session length of 60 minutes, but he had skills. In the race, Antonio had a hard time as he concentrated on the tires, and it was hard for him to drive.
But despite all these difficulties, he demonstrated the potential of the machine”.
The situation with Pascal Wehrlein raised the issue of the lack of official reserve pilot Sauber. However, Kaltenborn explained that the contract with Ferrari, these responsibilities will be carried out by Giovinazzi.
“It’s good for us, said Moniz. – Now we are primarily focused on helping Pascal to gain a good shape and to get back behind the wheel.
In case of emergency we have back-up racer, and it is no longer required.
Vice-champion of GP2 last year said that the lack of experience with tires with a low level of degradation forced him to be cautious during the race. The Italian drove 39 laps in a row in the softest compound Ultrasoft, which for him was strange and unfamiliar.
“At the beginning of the race I tried to be careful, because in GP2 Supersoft tyres lasted seven or eight laps, and then had to come in the boxes,’ said Antonio. – I acted very carefully, because I did not understand what to expect from the tyres and the car.”
In qualifying, the Italian lost only about 0.2 seconds experienced partner Marcus Ericsson in the race by 14 seconds ahead of another freshman Stoffele of Vandorn, who was prevented by an electrical problem.
“In qualifying I did not have 0.2 seconds before falling in the second segment, and in the race I finished just two positions from the top ten, he continued, Giovinazzi. – It’s great to be the best of the newcomers, not having virtually no preparation. So I guess it was a pretty good weekend”.
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