Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Kimi Raikkonencis confident the Hinwill based outfit have done their homework over the course of the six days of winter testing in Barcelona that will allow them to achieve strong results in the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Iceman said:

“It doesn’t really matter if it is the start or the end of the season, every race is worth the same amount of points and is an occasion to do our best. It is always hard to predict our performance for the first race of the season. Even though we gave our best during the six days of winter testing in Barcelona, we will first know where we really stand after Australia. All the team worked hard to improve even more the car in comparison to last year. We all did our homework and I am confident that we can achieve good results in Melbourne.

Raikkonen is once again joined a Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN by Antonio Giovinazzi who enters his second season in Formula One and speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Italian said:

“I am really looking forward to the start of the season. You build up the excitement throughout winter testing, every day you are in the car, but it’s only when you sit in the cockpit in Melbourne for the first time that you really feel the emotion in your veins. I am no longer a rookie this year, so I feel better prepared for the weekend than twelve months ago: now we only need to get on track and see where we stand.

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Team Principal Frederic Vasseur commented saying:

The season may only be starting, but the first race already feels like a milestone after all the months of work in the factory and the two weeks of winter testing. We come to Melbourne eager to find out how we compare to our rivals: whatever the outcome, we will not rest on our laurels or despair. This first round is the start of a new chapter, one in which we aim to make progress week after week: the goalposts move every new race as we, as well as our rivals, develop our car, so we will need to be delivering our best from here to Abu Dhabi.”

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