After a poor qualifying performance, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN will be pleased with their comeback in the Styrian Grand Prix, but slightly disappointed that they were unable to have at least one of their cars in the points position.
Kimi Räikkönen feels that if there were ten more laps in the Grand Prix he could’ve put his car in a points scoring position, but obviously this was not a viable option so although the comeback was good, it wasn’t quite good enough.
There are some positives to take from the race with the strategy being good and the pace of the car being good and Räikkönen had some good battles which was helped by a good start to the Grand Prix. Next weekend, it’s the Austrian Grand Prix at the same track so the Fin will be hoping for a better Saturday in order to achieve a points finish.
“Ten more laps and we probably could have scored a few good points, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I think we did the best we could today and achieved the best result from where we started: the strategy was right, we had good pace and the car felt good.
“I had a good start, some nice battles and passed a few cars in the process: in the end, it’s just the points that were missing. We will try to have a better Saturday next week and give ourselves a better chance for the race.”
A Difficult Race For Antonio Giovinazzi
After a disastrous start to the Styrian Grand Prix when Antonio Giovinazzi got spun around having to make your way through your way from the back of the field. Having to push hard at the beginning to catch up to the field and this compromised any strategy. The team were forced into the undercut which left the Italian with no tyres at the end of the race.
“When you get spun around on the first lap and have to make your way back from last, it’s always going to be a difficult race. I had to push really hard at the beginning to catch up with the pack and this compromised us further: we tried to recover with an undercut with the hard tyres, but this left me exposed at the end of the race when I had no tyres left. “
The pace was not too bad as Räikkönen on the other side of the garage showed with his eleventh placed finish. Keeping out of trouble at Turn one in the final race of the triple header at the Austrian Grand Prix will be important if they are to achieve a better result.
“Despite this, the race pace was not bad, as Kimi showed with P11. If next week we can have a good qualifying and keep out of trouble at turn one, we can hope to have a better result and bring home points.”