Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen says the Hinwil-based outfit did the best job they could with a car that felt quite nice during Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain. The Iceman who started the race from 17th ran as high as fifth during the pit-stop phases of the 66 lap race on Sunday and came home just outside the points in 12th place and speaking following the event he said:
“We did the best we could with a car that actually felt quite nice. I had a decent first lap, making up a few places, and then went for a long first stint. We were always planning for a one-stop and I think the strategy was the best we could choose today. Unfortunately, we went really close to the points once again but didn’t get anything out of the race. Only one retirement didn’t help us, but we need to keep working to find the little bit that is still missing.”
It was a challenging race for Antonio Giovinazzi who lost time in the pit-lane after the team mistakenly brought out Kimi Raikkonen’s tyres for the Italian’s stop and then one of the tyres which was fresh had a puncture which had never been seen before in recent Formula One memory and as a result he lost 35s in the stop and came home in 15th place.
Speaking following the race, Giovinazzi commented saying:
“It was not an easy race, which was effectively compromised by the issue we had during the pit-stop. To lose all this time and a new set of tyres was a blow, especially as I had to follow a delta behind the Safety Car and couldn’t catch up with the pack. After that, I tried to make up as much ground as possible, but with not much happening in front of me, 15th was as far as I could go. Our race pace wasn’t bad, but it ended up being a frustrating day: hopefully Monaco will be better – I am looking forward to it already.”
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEAN Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG Frederic Vasseur commented saying:
Today was another race in which we proved we can fight with all the cars in our section of the midfield, but we came home with nothing to show for it. To end just outside the points in a race with just one car failing to finish shows we are in the right place to benefit from any trouble, but we know we have to still improve to make it into the top ten on pure merit. We don’t lose heart, we have made a lot of progress already and we do not intend to stop now.”