Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team endured a difficult Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on Sunday as neither Kimi Raikkonen or Antonio Giovinazzi were able to take advantage of their top ten qualifying performances on Saturday.
Kimi Raikkonen started the race from eighth place and finished the event in 15th and speaking following the race he said:
“The race was far from fun, but it’s a bit what we expected once we saw the weather. We would have probably had a much better speed in a full wet race, but the mixed conditions definitely didn’t work in our favour. We struggled to make the tyres work, when they did they’d be good for ten laps and then fall off, so it was hard to get into a good rhythm. At least, we didn’t lose any points in the championship to our rivals.”
Antonio Giovinazzi started the race from tenth but endured a disappointing race as he was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he commented saying:
“It’s been a challenging Sunday after yesterday’s strong qualifying results. I lost the car on the way to the grid, but luckily I only damaged the front wing: the crew did a great job changing it and getting the car ready for the start of the race. Unfortunately our race didn’t last long: we had a gearbox issue and had to retire the car. It was a day like this, the conditions were even trickier than yesterday and in the end luck was not on our side. I’m just looking forward to the next race.”
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsport Group AG Frederic Vasseur commented saying:
We weren’t able to capitalise on the very strong performance we delivered in qualifying yesterday, when we were among the fastest on track. Our race was challenging, with tyres being very hard to manage: we would have probably been able to hold our own on a wet track, but in progressively drying conditions we did struggle. In the end, we lost Antonio due to a technical issue early in the race and Kimi finished 15th, which is not what we had hoped. As a positive, at least, we didn’t lose any ground on our championship rivals and we are one step closer to confirming our eighth place in the standings, with three races left.