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Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Team boss Vasseur leaves Renault
Williams not commenting on team shakeup
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Rosberg successor solution 'so complicated' - Lauda
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017
2017 training to be 'intensive' - Kvyat
Ferrari had two day Xmas holiday - Marchionne
Lowe could become Williams boss - report
Rossi 'logical choice' for Mercedes - Zanardi
Ecclestone tells Silverstone to stop complaining
Gutierrez moves from F1 to Formula E
Monday, 09 January 2017
Returning Massa broke Formula E deal - report
Lost money hurt Manor survival chances - owner
Hulkenberg happy without Mercedes seat
Hulkenberg training hard for 2017
Rosberg to watch Melbourne from the couch
Hakkinen confirms Bottas negotiations
Saturday, 07 January 2017
McLaren to run new Honda engine in 2017
Renault to launch on February 21
Alternatives quiet over Silverstone news
Manor admits survival in doubt
Friday, 06 January 2017
Manor to enter administration again
Silverstone warns it could 'break' F1 contract
Ecclestone happy, not angry, as F1 stars retire
Rosberg to remain Mercedes ambassador - report
Bottas ready to win in F1 - trainer
Now Force India reveals 2017 launch date
Thursday, 05 January 2017
Ecclestone wants Schumacher name back in F1
Ecclestone defends Vettel amid criticism
Force India wants to beat top team in 2017 - Ocon
Alesi hails Ferrari deal for Giovinazzi
Merhi not impressed by Verstappen hype
Wednesday, 04 January 2017
Allison 'tragedy' hurt Ferrari - Alesi
Mercedes to launch 2017 car in February
FIA bans Mercedes concept after Ferrari letter - report


Alesi hails Ferrari deal for Giovinazzi

Jan.5 (GMM) Jean Alesi has hailed Ferrari's decision to sign up an Italian driver for 2017.

GP2 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi will be the fabled Maranello team's reserve driver this year, a decision that has pleased former Ferrari star Alesi.

"It's fantastic," the Frenchman told La Gazzetta dello Sport, "but it would have been astonishing if Ferrari had allowed such an opportunity to escape.

"Giovinazzi is a well educated young man, which is rare these days, but above all he is an excellent driver," Alesi added. "He came within a hair of the title in his first GP2 season, now he just needs some good kilometres."

Another Ferrari junior, meanwhile, is Alesi's own 17-year-old son Giuliano, but the youngster is staying put for a second season of GP3 this year.

"Working with the (Ferrari) academy is a guarantee," said 52-year-old Alesi. "Giuliano can develop without rushing."

Asked, however, if his son might make his breakthrough and test a formula one car this year, Alesi answered with defiance.

"If necessary, I would lay down in front of the box exit!" he exclaimed. "Giuliano can only think of GP3 for now.

"If he wants to get in a F1 car, then we have one at home that he can get in and I will take a photo."