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Antonio Giovinazzi said he was surprised at the amount of “bounce back” he felt when he drove Haas’ 2022 F1 for the first time yesterday. The former Alfa Romeo driver made his return to F1 in early testing for his home event after spending this year racing in Formula E. He is due to drive for Haas again in testing for the United States Grand Prix. United on the Circuit of the Americas.

The F1 technical regulations introduced this year have created a much stiffer generation of cars. Giovinazzi said the uncomfortable ride was the biggest difference he noticed on his return.

“Rebounding down the straight for me was pretty new,” he told media including RaceFans. “In the first part of the session, I had trouble seeing the reference of the brakes.

” You have to adapt. I struggled at the beginning, in the end it was better and I’m sure in Austin it will be better.

He was also impressed with the cornering performance of the latest F1 cars. “It’s crazy how much downforce new cars have at speed,” he said. “Of course it’s hard to see here at Monza because you’re racing with low downforce, so I’m looking forward to going racing in Austin and feeling the downforce at high speeds.”

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Giovinazzi replaced Mick Schumacher in the car for early testing and hopes to return to racing in F1 next year, potentially as a full-time replacement.

“I want to be here next year, for sure, it’s no secret,” Giovinazzi said. “But it’s not in my hands.

“So let’s see what we can do. Right now I’m focused on doing a great job in these two sessions, one is over, now we have another one, and then I see.

He said he was encouraged by the quality of his performance compared to the team’s other regular rider, Kevin Magnussen.

“We could do a better job, but I found traffic on my best lap. But I think it’s a good start.

“Big thanks to Haas for the opportunity and to Ferrari as well. And now looking for Austin. It will be another track with a completely different approach with no downforce and a tough track. So let’s see what we can do then.

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