Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Kimi Raikkonen will go back to familiar territory this weekend as the Finn returns to Mugello, the scene of his first ever Formula One test which took place with the Sauber F1 Team 20 years ago.
Speaking ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix the Iceman said:
“The Mugello circuit is where I had my first ever test with Sauber, back in 2000, but I seriously doubt those days twenty years ago are going to give me that much of a competitive advantage. It’s going to be nice to be back on that track with the same team I was there with back in the day, but I don’t think we will have a lot of time to indulge in reminiscing about the past. We’re there to race and hopefully we can have a good weekend. The track is new to everybody and that could make things interesting, at least because nobody has any data about it and the drivers will need to get to grips with the circuit. We have been making some steps forward, both in qualifying and in the race but we haven’t been able to bring home some points yet, so that has to remain our objective for the weekend.”
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team Principal and Sauber Motorsport AG CEO Frédéric Vasseur commented saying:
We are coming to the end of the third triple-header of the season, but we can’t let fatigue get in the way of our work. We have been making some progress, although the standings don’t show it yet, and we have to keep pushing like hell to close the gap with the cars ahead and fight for the top ten consistently. We have seen last weekend that races can get turned upside down very quickly and we need to be ready to make the most of every opportunity. In Monza, circumstances went against us but next time a twist could work better for us and we’ll need to be sharp to make it count. Racing week after week doesn’t leave much time to catch up but everyone, both at the track and back home in Switzerland, is doing their best to improve.
Antonio Giovinazzi is looking forward this weekend’s race saying:
My second home race of the season and another chance to make progress. I have never raced at Mugello in my career, although I did some testing there in 2018 before racing in Le Mans, but I remember it as a very fun track to drive. It’ll also be the first race of the season where we have some fans, although not many, so I am keen to race and give them a good show. Last weekend we had some positives and some negatives: we seemed to be a bit more on the pace and we were able to be in some fights, especially at the start, but then the penalty effectively put an end to my race. We can build on the steps forward we have made and aim to make up some more ground this weekend