Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Kimi Raikkonen said it was a fairly normal Friday as Formula One returned for the first race weekend in 215 days.
The Iceman completed 72 laps during the opening day of practice for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
Raikkonen who had a best time of 01:06.278s commented saying:
“Getting back in the car didn’t feel too strange, it was a fairly normal Friday. We were trying things in the car, figuring out what works well and what doesn’t to develop the best setup for the rest of the weekend. In the end it wasn’t the easiest day, I had a little off but it didn’t cost me much time; and we have something to work with for tomorrow. It’s way too early to say where we stand today, we will need to wait until the end of qualifying to have a clearer picture.”
Antonio Giovinazzi completed 73 laps over the course of the two sessions with a best time of 01:05.608s and speaking following the action the Italian said:
“It was really nice to be back in the car after this long break. I spent a lot of time in the simulator, but nothing matches the feeling of being in the real car. The day was quite positive and we managed to do all the tests we wanted today; of course, we are still missing something compared to the top ten but we will work hard tonight to bridge that gap. As always, it will be a matter of putting everything together, especially in qualifying. We are here to give our best, to try to get a good result and score points.”
Free Practice three takes place on Saturday morning and is live on Sky Sports F1HD.