Giovinazzi withdraws from Audi WEC test
5 November 2016 – GP2 Series leader Antonio Giovinazzi has withdrawn from his planned outing in Audi's R18 during the World Endurance Championship's rookie test later this month.
Giovinazzi had been lined up to test for the outfit, which will pull out of the series at the end of the year, but he will now not participate in the day of action.
WEC officials confirmed that Giovinazzi's "GP2 commitments leading into the finale of that championship mean that he will not now be able to take up the opportunity to drive the Audi R18."
The WEC rookie test will take place in Bahrain on November 20, the weekend before the GP2 title is decided at the Yas Marina Circuit, where Giovinazzi will battle Prema team-mate Pierre Gasly for the crown.
Meanwhile, two of Giovinazzi's GP2 rivals, Jordan King and Alex Lynn, will test Aston Martin's Vantage in the GTE Pro class at the Sakhir circuit.
King has acted as Manor's development driver in Formula 1 for the past two years and made his practice debut at the United States Grand Prix.
Lynn, meanwhile, is a development driver with Williams, a position he has maintained despite missing out on a 2017 race seat at the team, following the promotion of Formula 3 champion Lance Stroll.
King occupies fifth in the GP2 standings with Lynn in ninth, both drivers having won two Sprint Races in their second campaign in Formula 1's feeder series.