February 28th, 2020

2020 Pre-Season Testing – Week 2, Day 3

A productive day of on-track action brought winter testing to an end at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The C39, in the hands of Kimi Räikkönen, raised our total pre-season tally to 735 laps, a good return from six days of testing.

On a day which included both qualifying and race pace runs, the team was able to gain the clearest indication so far of its new car’s absolute performance ahead of the season opener, the Australian Grand Prix. Of course, it won’t be until Saturday afternoon in Melbourne that we, and the world, will know where we stand compared to our rivals…

Jan Monchaux, Technical Director, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: “We can look back at the last two weeks with satisfaction for a job well done, although we are fully aware that the real task is still ahead of us. Over these two tests, we have gained a good understanding of the C39 and we feel prepared for the start of the season. We have completed nearly every item on our testing list, which is what you set out to do before even looking at performance, and we can now look forward to putting the final touches on the car before flying to Australia.”

Kimi Räikkönen (car #7): “Being in the car for just two and a half days before the season is a far cry from what we used to do in the past, so it was important to make the most these two weeks. Testing may not be glamorous and the days are long, but the work we do here sets the foundation for our season. We have done our homework, next time we’ll be in the car is when it matters, in Australia.”

Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Räikkönen
Weather: Overcast and dry; air 12-18°C, track 18-25°C
Chassis / engine: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39-02 / Ferrari
Laps: 115 laps, 535.33 km
Fastest lap: 1:17.415