Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Kimi Raikkonen says that the team can be happy with their performance in qualifying for Sunday’s Mexico City Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigues as the Iceman scored his best grid position of the season as he will start the race from tenth place on the grid.

Speaking following the action, Raikkonen said:

“I think we can be happy with today’s result: it’s my best qualifying of the year, it was very close and it could probably have been a little better or a little worse, a place more or a place less, so overall it’s ok. It’s still only qualifying and we need to do a good job tomorrow as well if we want to bring home some points. We’ll go out and do our best and see where we end up at the flag.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN commented saying:

“Having both cars in Q2 is a positive result and something that gives us confidence ahead of tomorrow’s race. We will be starting just outside the top ten, with a free choice of tyres, and we are in a good place to mount a big challenge for the points. The long run down the straight to turn one will be crucial, we’ll need to keep our noses clean in the opening stages and make the most of every opportunity we have. We have been knocking on the door of the points in every race lately so let’s give all we have to finish the job here.”

Antonio Giovinazzi will start the race from 11th place and speaking following the action the Italian commented saying:

“Another battle for the grid in which I feel we were very close to a place in Q3. P11 would have been possible but in the end we didn’t manage it: in my final lap, I locked the rears under braking – up until that moment, the lap wasn’t too bad. We’ll see what we can do from where we start: it will be a long race, especially considering the tyre degradation we are expecting, but if we have a clean race we can have a good shout for the points.”

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