The Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Formula One Team had a normal opening day of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend at the Sakhir circuit on Friday. Kimi Raikkonen lost a lot of time in the second session after hitting the wall and having to return to the pits for repairs.
The Hinwil based outfit worked extremely hard to get the Iceman back on track and he ended the day in 16th place with a time of 01:31.862s and speaking following the action he said:
A regular first day in which we were able to try various things. Even though the conditions were quite different from what we experienced in testing, the feel of the car was similar, which allowed us to take up where we left off two weeks ago. We had a solid start and were able to work on the set-up. Of course, losing some time because of the incident was not ideal, but we have already so much data from testing that it wasn’t a big setback. We’re looking forward to seeing where we stand tomorrow: we still have to refine a few things tonight but we should be ok
Antonio Giovinazzi ended the day in 13th place with a time of 01:31.740s and speaking following the action the Italian commented saying:
“It was a good start to build on the positive feeling we had after testing. Today’s conditions were quite different, it was way hotter in the day, but we are still happy with our pace in both the short and long runs. The field looks really tight, so we will need to put everything together to gain places in qualifying. The shorter practice sessions didn’t really affect us much: in the end, we spent a lot of time in the garage in FP1 in the old system anyway so now there is a bit more action on track. We now need to go and find another bit of time with the engineers and get ready for qualifying: the target is to get into Q2 and then see what we are able to fight for.”