Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team’s Kimi Raikkonen says he is pleased to be back in the car this weekend in Sochi after missing the events in Zandvoort and Monza last time out due to COVID-19.

The Iceman is hoping that the team will be able to covert their recent progress into a solid result in Russia.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Finn said:

I’m pleased to be back in the car after missing two rounds. Obviously nobody wants to test positive, but it happened and we had to follow the rules: but that is all in the past and now my focus is on Sochi. The team has shown some potential in the last few races, now we need to convert that into a good result. I don’t think being back will feel any different, I just want to get on with my job and hopefully have a good race.”

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN said:

We head to this race determined to build on the positives we have shown in the last couple of races and to finally make our hard work count. On two very different tracks, Zandvoort and Monza, we have been competitive in qualifying and we have to make sure to convert those strong displays into points. Our work at HQ is fully focused on 2022, but trackside we’re still committed to making the best of the final eight races of the season, starting from Sochi.”

Antonio Giovinazzi, just like Kimi Raikkonen is hoping for a solid weekend in Russia. The Italian said:

This weekend offers us another chance to achieve the good result we have been close to in the last few races. I am excited to be back in the car, both Zandvoort and Monza showed how much pace we had and how we could fight towards the front of the grid. Unfortunately, both times things didn’t go as planned, but we can build on those positives and bring home some points in Sochi. We will give everything we have.

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