Kimi Raikkonen says that the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Team had a straightforward opening day to the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas on Friday as he ended the day in 14th place with a time of 01:36.558s and speaking following the action he said:

“It’s been quite a straightforward Friday, no big issues so we could do our job. We are satisfied with where we are at the moment, hopefully we can make some more progress tonight and be fast enough in qualifying. This is a track we all enjoy, it’s a bit bumpy and it’s always a challenge to put a lap together but that’s nothing to complain about. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Antonio Giovinazzi ended the opening session in ninth place while in the second session he was tenth and speaking following the action he commented saying:

“It was a good day, with a positive FP1 and really good FP2 in terms of qualifying as well as race pace. I’m very happy about it, hopefully tomorrow we can also have a smooth qualifying with a similar level of performance. In general terms, it was a good start to our weekend. The bumps in the track are still there and some corners will be very tricky in terms of comfort with the car, but these are the conditions for everyone and we will do our best. We never give up, we showed in the last few races we can be in the fight for points so that has to be our target.”

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