Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team’s Kimi Raikkonen says he is confident that the Hinwil-based outfit has the package to compete for a strong result in Sunday’s season opening opening Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit.
Speaking after qualifying 14th the Iceman said:
Not a bad result for the first qualifying of the year: of course, it could have been a bit better, as I made a couple of small mistakes here and there in my laps, but it could have been a lot worse. We made a few changes to the car after the morning to anticipate the conditions and perhaps they didn’t work as well as we expected, but we are still in a good position for the race. We’ll need to see how the weather is tomorrow, do our best and see what we can get out of the race. We are confident our package is better and we can fight for a good result.”
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team Principal and CEO Frédéric Vasseur commented saying:
Our target was to put both cars in Q2 and we did it. We even got really close to the top ten and to miss out on Q3 for less than a tenth really shows the progress we have made compared to last year. It’s a good reward for the team after the good work put in over the winter. We have proven that our optimism after testing was well-founded and that we can be a lot more competitive this season. There’s still a lot of work to be done, however. We need to keep fine tuning our package to be able to be consistently in the top ten and regularly fight for points, but we have definitely made some big moves in the right direction.”
Antonio Giovinazzi will start the race from 12th place and speaking following the session he commented saying:
“We can be really happy with this result as tomorrow we will start just outside the top ten and with a free choice of tyres. We have a very good opportunity to achieve a good result as we saw how our performance was close to the cars ahead of us. Today helps us confirm the positive feeling we had after testing: we have improved compared to last year and we feel we can have a lot more fun this season. Our focus is now all on tomorrow: it will be tricky, especially with the wind, but we can bring home a good result. We need to put everything together – strategy, start, pit-stops – and get the maximum out of our cars, but we can definitely aim for the points.”