The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team head home for the Italian Grand Prix at the Monza circuit this weekend hoping to score some valuable points having come up short in Belgium last weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG Frédéric Vasseur commented saying:
Racing in Italy while carrying the Alfa Romeo brand on our cars is always something special, and we are lucky enough to do it twice in two weeks. It will give the team that extra bit of motivation to do well and build on the performance from Spa. We have shown some positive signs in Belgium and we intend to keep on pushing in this direction. We know some tracks will suit us better than others between now and the end of the season but our objective remains the same – maximising the performance of our package in every round.
Kimi Raikkonen is looking forward to this weekend’s race and hoping to challenge for points saying:
Racing in Monza always brings up some good memories from my years in Ferrari, but once you sit in the car you only focus on the weekend’s job. We had a decent race last time out but we need to do a bit more if we want to finish in the points. The target doesn’t really change: we need to make it to Q2 to get the best grid position possible and then try to make the most out of the race. We have seen in recent events that small swings in performance can mean a big change in positions, especially in the midfield, so we need to keep doing our job as best as we can.”
Antonio Giovinazzi is excited about his home race and is looking to bounce back f4om a disappointing Belgian Grand Prix saying:
My home race always means something special to me – especially this year. Italy has suffered a lot in 2020 and I’m determined to do my best to give my people a smile. Without fans in the grandstands, it won’t be the same but I know there are so many supporters watching from home and I’ll race for them all. Last year I drove one of my best races here, finishing in the points, and it would be great to have a similar result. We saw last weekend that we seem to have made a step forward as a team, so hopefully we can fight in the midfield this weekend as well.”