Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen’s Kimi Raikkonen completed 69 laps on the opening day of practice for Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix at the Portimao circuit. In the opening practice the Iceman ended the session in eighth place with a time of 01:19.914s and in the second session he was 15th with a time of 01:20.490s and speaking following the action he said:

“It was very slippery out there, but once conditions improve this should be a pretty nice track to drive. It’s a fun layout, although I honestly expected it to be a bit trickier before the weekend. The lack of grip was an issue, but I am sure the others were not that happy either. The track will evolve and we will find something to increase the grip – the conditions were already better in FP2, although we ended up losing a lot of time with the red flags. We’ll see what steps we can take tonight to be in a good shape for tomorrow.”

Antonio Giovinazzi ended the opening session in 16th place with a time of 01:21.009s while in the second session he was 20th with a time of 01:21.396s and speaking following the action he commented saying:

I drove on this track in F3, but to go around here in a Formula One car is a completely different experience. It’s a really nice layout, with blind crests and challenging corners – a fun one to drive. The track was very green and the grip levels very low, which made especially the morning session quite difficult. In the afternoon, the red flag disrupted our programme as they stopped our low-fuel runs, so we didn’t really put a time together: we’ll only see tomorrow what our level really is

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