The Alfa Romeo driver had to rely on a trusted pit board for the race, as his radio failed just after the first lap.

His 15th place might not seem particularly special, but it turns out Giovinazzi had no communication with the team during Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

“It felt like a very long race, made even harder by not having a working radio after lap one,” Giovinazzi said post-race.

“I had no communication with the team and in the end, it was just a matter of making it to the flag, which we did.

“The conditions were tricky and we were not on the right strategy.

“It was a disaster I would say.”

Antonio Giovinazzi at the Portuguese Grand Prix © XPB Images
Antonio Giovinazzi at the Portuguese Grand Prix © XPB Images

Cheer up, sunshine.

Fortunatley, Giovinazzi seemed more optimistic for the next race in Imola.

“We knew this track would be difficult for us but hopefully we can have a better weekend in Imola”.

GIOVINAZZI HAD NO TEAM RADIO FOR THE ENTIRE PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX © XPB Images