Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team’s Kimi Raikkonen says the Hinwil-based outfit can be optimistic heading into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain following a positive day for the team.

The Iceman took part in the second practice session after handing his car over to Robert Kubica in the morning. Speaking following the action, Raikkonen said:

“I was able to do a good number of laps in the afternoon, which is always positive. I know the track really well and there is effectively only one new corner to learn. The car didn’t feel too bad so we can be optimistic ahead of the rest of the weekend. We have work to do tonight, but so does everyone and we will see tomorrow where we end up in qualifying.”

Antonio Giovinazzi commented on his day saying:

“All in all, it was a positive day in which we showed to be really close to the top ten. We need to find something more while looking at the data tonight, but we know qualifying will be decided by the smallest of margins. The track layout has improved, I like the new turn ten: I think it’s much better than the previous configuration. It remains a difficult corner and one that can make the difference on the single lap.”

Robert Kubica who brought out the red flag during the session commented saying:

“It was nice to be back in the car in an official session and I’m sorry about finishing the session like this. It was a very small mistake but we paid a high price: I misjudged the grip levels on my first run on soft tyres, spun mid-corner and got stuck in the gravel trap. It still was good to get back the feeling with this car, especially ahead of next week’s test: I am looking forward to trying the new 18-inch tyres and helping the team in making this important step. It will be an interesting session!”

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