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Giovinazzi left disappointed by Ferrari decision

Carlos Sainz was brought in by Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel alongside Charles Leclerc in 2021, and Antonio Giovinazzi admits he was hoping to land the spot.

Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi admits he was disappointed to miss out on a move to Ferrari, with the Scuderia opting to bring in Carlos Sainz alongside Charles Leclerc for 2021. The Prancing Horse suffered through a difficult campaign last time out, failing to register a pole position or win. Their poor performance came after already announcing that Sebastian Vettel would leave at the end of the season, and Giovinazzi has revealed he was hoping to get the seat that ultimately went to Sainz. "Of course I didn't take Ferrari's decision to sign Sainz all that well, that seems obvious," the Italian told Autosprint. "I am still employed by Ferrari and I thought there would be a chance for me to race for the Scuderia. "Maybe it wasn't the right time for me. Still, choosing Sainz does not mean that I won't be able to get a Ferrari seat in the future. The Ferrari seat will always be my dream." Giovinazzi believes the hardships he's had to go through to get where he is today will serve him well in his push to land the coveted drive for the Maranello based outfit. "I have never been gifted anything in my career, I have always had to fight hard to earn my seats," he added. "At this time I am focused on Alfa Romeo. I want to help my team forward as much as possible. "That's why I would like to earn a podium finish with Alfa Romeo. In order to get on the podium, I have to continue improving myself and take my opportunities. Let's see if that works out in 2021." Giovinazzi's best finish to date is a fifth place finish at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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