Ferrari reveals its F1 Reserve and Development Driver lineup
Ferrari has revealed a group of four F1 Reserve and Development drivers who will assist Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz throughout the 2023 season.
Antonio Giovinazzi and Robert Shwartzman will split the Reserve Driver duties and will be present at all 23 races this year. They will also work on simulator assignments for the Scuderia, using the updated simulator tool for 2022.
Joining Giovinazzi and Shwartzman in the simulator assignments are Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon.
Fuoco and Rigon will also be working as Development Drivers for the Italian team in addition to their own racing commitments.
Fuoco will participate in the World Endurance Championship as part of Ferrari’s Hypercar program.
Giovinazzi is also part of the same program and will be driving the #51 499P, while Fuoco will be driving the #50.
Shwartzman and Rigon will also represent Ferrari in various races, with Shwartzman set to drive a Ferrari 296 GT3 in the SRO GT World Challenge Europe.
Rigon will also participate in that competition alongside his commitments in the World Endurance Championship, and will also participate in four rounds of the IMSA SportsCar Championship’s Michelin Endurance Cup.
This will see Rigon in action this weekend at the Roar Before The 24 in Daytona, where he is part of the #62 Risi Competizione GTD Pro entry, which is the only Ferrari entry in that class.
Ferrari finished in second place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship last year, after leading the competition in the initial rounds.
However, by mid-season the challenge had lost momentum and Leclerc barely managed to maintain second place in the drivers’ championship by the end of the year.
The decrease in performance towards the end of the season put significant pressure on Team Principal Mattia Binotto, leading to his decision to step down from the position at the end of the year.
He was succeeded by Fred Vasseaur, who took on the role after coming from Sauber.
Ferrari is set to unveil their 2023 racing car on February 14th and will then move to Bahrain for a 3-day testing period starting February 23rd.
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