Antonio Giovinazzi says hopes to have an answer regarding his Formula 1 future as soon as possible but stressed he won’t let the uncertainty become an unwanted distraction.

Alfa Romeo has yet to confirm Giovinazzi as part of its 2022 driver line-up, with the Italian facing stern competition for his seat.

Following Kimi Raikkonen’s announcement he would be retiring at the end of the season, Alfa recruited ousted Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas as his replacement on a multi-year deal.

This has left the second seat up for grabs, with the identity of Bottas’ team-mate for next year yet to be confirmed.

Formula 2 driver and Alpine junior Guanyu Zhou is understood to be a real contender, while Formula E champion Nick de Vries and Sauber protege Theo Pouchaire have also been linked with a drive.

Giovinazzi, who has driven for Alfa Romeo since 2019, said the speculation over his future at this point in the year was nothing new to him.

“Of course I want to know as soon as possible but it’s not my decision,” Giovinazzi said, as quoted by Motorsport Week.

“My focus is more on my performance, to do my best result in the race, in the qualifying and everything and then see what will happen.

“For sure it’s always been the same September from my side over these last three years. There was always some rumours for the next year.

“For me, I don’t want to focus much on these because it’s just losing energy. I want to focus more on performance on myself and try to do my best.

“Like I say many times, it is not my decision and whatever happens will happen. My target is to be happy with myself and see what will happen.”

Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur indicated at last weekend’s Diuch Grand Prix that Giovinazzi had two to three races to prove he was worthy of retaining his seat for 2022, given the team is in no rush to confirm its line-up.

The Italian equalled his career-best qualifying at Zandvoort with seventh on the grid, but a puncture in Sunday’s race saw him slip to 14th by the chequered flag.

Despite only having one point to show for his efforts this year, Giovinazzi believes he has driven better in 2021 compared to the past two campaigns.

“I’m doing my best and therefore I’m pretty happy with my development,” Giovinazzi said.

“From last year and compared to two years ago as well, so I’m really happy with myself and I will continue to give 110 percent to do give the best result to the team and then we will see what will happen.”