The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team scored a double points finish for the first time in 2020 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Imola circuit.
Kimi Raikkonen started the race from 18th place on the grid and came through the field to finish the race in ninth place.
The Iceman was named driver of the day and speaking following the action he said:
“It was a good result for the team, with two cars in the points, so we can be happy about our race. We knew we could make the tyres last so to run as long as we could was the plan all along. We pitted when we did and the Safety Car came out soon after, which is obviously a bit frustrating, but I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference. In the end, we had good race pace and we were able to be in the right place to gain from the opportunities that arose. We have been closing the gap lately, there’s obviously still much we can improve, but we keep working hard for that.”
Antonio Giovinazzi ended the race in tenth place having come from 20th place on the grid and speaking following the race he commented saying:
I am really happy for the team’s result and, of course, for scoring points in my home Grand Prix. It has been a very strong race, especially starting from last place, and finishing in the top ten really was the most we could do. Our strategy was good and climbing six places in the first lap definitely helped. It’s a nice way to celebrate signing a new contract and I am grateful to everyone in the team for today’s race.
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG Frederic Vassuer commented saying:
The team has delivered a strong performance as a whole. The strategy calls were good, the pit-stops went well and, of course, the drivers executed their races without putting a wheel wrong. Bringing home our first double-points finish of the season is a good reward for our efforts today. There is still a lot of work to do, of course, but we are making progress and we were in the right place to take advantage of how the race unfolded