The Alfa Romeo ORLEN Racing Formula One Team endured a difficult day in qualifying for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya. Antonio Giovinazzi will start the race from 14th place on the grid while Kimi Raikkonen will start the race from 17th.
Speaking following the session, Antonio Giovinazzi commented saying:
“It was a good session and I think we got the maximum we could out of the car. My Q2 lap was good, maybe I could have improved a little more but Q3 was still a bit too far. However, we keep improving, and to be in Q2 again is good for the team. I am happy with my performance, we’re still not where we would like to be – in the top ten – but we are making progress. Let’s see how our race pace is tomorrow: the first lap will be important, as overtaking can be difficult here, but we’re ready to make the most of every opportunity.”
Kimi Raikkonen was left disappointed with his qualifying and admits that it will be difficult to overtake in the race and speaking following the action on Saturday, the Iceman said:
“It was disappointing to go out in Q1, especially after looking good in the morning. The car still felt good and the lap was not bad, but I lost it in the final sector. I got a bit too close to the car in front at the end of the lap and that was it – it’s so close out there, if you don’t get it right you pay the price. We’ll see what we can do to get back in the fight tomorrow. It’s not an easy place to overtake but we will give everything.”
Alfa Romeo ORLEN Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG commented saying:
Today was a demonstration of how close and competitive the field is: the margins were unbelievably small, P1 and P17 are separated by one second and P2 and P16 by little more than half a second in the first part of qualifying. In this scenario, anything short of a perfect lap will cost you and that is what happened today with Kimi. Fortunately, Antonio managed to make it to Q2 and qualify in front of Russell: starting in 14th, he has a good chance of being in the fight for the points from the start of the race. As always, you never know what’s going to happen on Sunday, but so long as we’re in a good position we can take advantage of how the situation unfolds.”