It’s been an impressive start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and especially for Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi, finishing the second free practice session in ninth place with a 1:16.513.
The Italian, who is racing with a special helmet this weekend for his home Grand Prix at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, looked comfortable all day, despite ending the first free practice in fifteenth place with a 1:18.058. A day of good progress for the local Italian, who is very aware of just how tight qualifying looks set to be.
“We had a good start of the weekend. FP1 was a good session, a bit compromised with the radio and data issue – but that applies to everyone. I was very happy with the car in FP2, both in the short and long runs.”
“We need to adjust a few things to make the car even better for qualifying as we know it will be tight – even more than it was in Bahrain. It’s hard to say where we expect to be, as a tiny difference between a lap and the other can make a big difference: we need to put together a perfect lap in qualifying.”
“It wasn’t a bad day for us” – Räikkönen
On the other side of the Alfa Romeo garage it was also a positive day for Kimi Räikkönen. Despite not breaking into the top ten, Räikkönen completed a strong number of laps despite all the stoppages during the practice sessions.
Free practice one saw the Finnish driver end the morning in twelfth place with a time of 1:17.883. Räikkönen was one of many drivers who failed to put a fast lap in during the second practice session, seeing him end the day in seventeenth place on a 1:17.273.
Räikkönen is still happy with the days work despite being towards the bottom of the field, knowing that there is still more performance to get out of the car tomorrow.
“It wasn’t a bad day for us, even though the timesheets don’t really show it. We couldn’t put a lap together in the short runs, so I am not too worried: let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
“There are things we can improve a bit tonight, as always, so hopefully we can get a bit more performance out of the car. The objective is the same – to clear Q1 and fight for a spot as high on the grid as we can.”