Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team’s Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi say that they probably got the maximum out of the cars in tonight’s Sakhir Grand Prix at the Bahrain International circuit with Giovinazzi coming home in 13th while Raikkonen came home in 14th place respectively.
Speaking following the race Antonio Giovinazzi commented saying:
P13 was probably the maximum we could achieve on the night so to finish in front of our rivals and just behind a Ferrari is what we have to take home. Overtaking was very difficult, even though we seemed to be quick enough in the corners, and in the end we couldn’t really take any advantage out of the late safety car. Hopefully we can be a bit more competitive next week and finish the season well.
Kimi Raikkonen came home in 14th place having come from 18th place and speaking following the race he said:
“It was a difficult night in which we probably got as much as we could have hoped for, given the circumstances. I had a good start but had to go wide outside of turn two, hit the kerb and lost the rear. I lost two places there but in the end it made no difference for the end result. The car felt really similar to last week: it was good with fresh tyres but the pace fell off as the stint went on.”
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG commented saying:
We kept our cool in a race where many others made mistakes, but in the end that was not enough to bring home some points. Besides Kimi’s spin on the opening lap, neither drivers nor team did much wrong and to bring home the cars in P13 and P14, behind a Ferrari, is probably as much as we could achieve tonight. Antonio had good pace throughout the race, but on this track it was quite difficult to overtake and he couldn’t really express it to the fullest. We can still find something more and hopefully finish the season strongly in Abu Dhabi next week, so that we can carry this momentum into the winter break