March 9th, 2020

2020 Australian Grand Prix: Preview

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“The season may only be starting, but the first race already feels like a milestone after all the months of work in the factory and the two weeks of winter testing. We come to Melbourne eager to find out how we compare to our rivals: whatever the outcome, we will not rest on our laurels or despair. This first round is the start of a new chapter, one in which we aim to make progress week after week: the goalposts move every new race as we, as well as our rivals, develop our car, so we will need to be delivering our best from here to Abu Dhabi.”

Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
“It doesn’t really matter if it is the start or the end of the season, every race is worth the same amount of points and is an occasion to do our best. It is always hard to predict our performance for the first race of the season. Even though we gave our best during the six days of winter testing in Barcelona, we will first know where we really stand only after Australia. All the team worked hard to improve the car in comparison to last year’s. We all did our homework and I am confident that we can achieve good results in Melbourne.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
“I am really looking forward to the start of the season. You build up the excitement throughout winter testing, every day you are in the car, but it’s only when you sit in the cockpit in Melbourne for the first time that you really feel the emotion in your veins. I am no longer a rookie this year, so I feel better prepared for the weekend than twelve months ago: now we only need to get on track and see where we stand.”