Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Kimi Raikkonen says he is looking forward to returning to racing at the Imola circuit this weekend for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Formula One returns to the circuit for the first time since 2006.
The Iceman goes imto the new two day race weekend format being trialled this weekend beong the only driver with F1 race experience in Imola where he finished fifth for McLaren on our last visit here.
Raikkonen goes into the weekend off an eleventh place finish on Portugal and is aiming to score points this weekend saying:
“It’s nice to come back to Imola as it’s a cool track with a lot of history. A few people have mentioned the times in which I retired from the lead with mechanical issues, but I also had a podium there in 2003 so things are not always so bad. In any case, there’s no point looking back at what we did so many years ago, I’d very much rather focus on this weekend. The race in Portugal was quite fun, especially in the first couple of laps, but in the end we left with nothing, so obviously we need to make one more step forward. We need to move up the grid on Saturday and that will give us a better chance in the race, as our pace on Sundays is not too bad. We are working hard and hopefully we can get back in the points this week.”
Antonio Giovinazzi is looking forward to what is his third home race of the season saying:
“This will be the third home race for me this season – I still can’t believe I had this opportunity. To be racing in Italy is always a special occasion for me, and I hope we will have the chance to put up a good show for everyone watching from home, especially at a time in which Italy is still reeling from a tough year. Imola is a legendary track: both incredible and tragic pages of motorsport history have been written there and you can’t escape feeling it the moment you step into the circuit. I only raced there once, in F3 in 2014 when I finished third, but to stand on that podium is a unique experience. The dream this weekend would be to have a great race, score points on home soil and celebrate a special weekend in the best way: our recent performances have given us some confidence we can put in a fight for a place in the top ten.”
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsports AG Frédéric Vasseur commented on Formula One’s return to Imola saying:
The Imola weekend is another experiment in this 2020, with the shorter programme meaning we have to extract all we can in the single practice session on Saturday: it’s not too different from the times we had a washout on Friday, most recently at the Nürburgring, so I don’t think it will take anyone by surprise. Last time it happened, however, we had a fairly interesting race and we came home with a point, so hopefully we will be among those adapting better to these novel circumstances. We saw some more performance from our team in the last few rounds and now it’s time to keep pushing to make the last step needed to be in the top ten more regularly.”