Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s Kimi Raikkonen says the team were able to make some improvements to the car between practice and qualifying for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Imola circuit but that it will be a difficult race starting from 18th on the grid.

Speaking following qualifying the Iceman said:

“The car improved a lot from the morning to the afternoon and it felt quite good. We would have made it to Q2 with our fastest lap, but unfortunately it got cancelled: what happened is disappointing, especially because this seems to be one of those tracks where the field is really bunched up, but complaining about how things went won’t change the end result. The race, starting where we are, won’t be easy but we have to do what we can and see where we end up.”

Antonio Giovinazzi starts the race from 20th and speaking following the action the Italian said:

“The potential we had in the car would have warranted a much better result but we weren’t able to get a clear lap. The first run was ok and we were looking quite good, but both my push laps in the second run were compromised by traffic. We knew this would be an issue here but it’s still really frustrating. Starting at the back is not ideal, of course, but from last we can only go ahead. We will give it our best shot: overtaking will not be easy, we need a good start and a good strategy to make up some ground.”

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One Team Principal and CEO of Sauber Motorsports AG Frédéric Vasseur commented saying:

Knowing we had set a lap good enough for P13, only to see it be cancelled is frustrating, but it is what it is. The potential of the car is there but today was clearly one of those days where things just don’t go your way and you can’t achieve what’s within your reach. Of all tracks to be at the back, this is one of the worst: we will need something special, especially in the opening stages, to get something out of this race but we will give everything we have.”

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