October 5th, 2021

2021 Turkish Grand Prix: Preview

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: “Scoring points in Russia was a big confidence boost, finally bringing home a reward for all the hard work of the team. We were able to make the most of the circumstances in the closing laps of the race: the conditions were difficult, but we achieved a good result. Now we have to keep up this level of performance, ready to make the most of the chances we may get. Last year we did really well in qualifying in Istanbul, that will be a basis on which to build as we return to Turkey aiming to have another positive race.”

Kimi Räikkönen (Car #7): “It’s always nice to finish in the top ten, especially when so many times we’ve gone so close to this objective. The result happened in very specific conditions, so we cannot read too much into it performance-wise, but at the same time we had to make some calls right and we did. We kept our cool in difficult moments and we were able to make big progress before the flag. Turkey will be another interesting race: last year it turned out to be an eventful day, and we know we cannot rule out the same this time around. We will need to be sharp and see how things shape up as the weekend progresses.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (Car #99): “I’m looking forward to coming back to racing in Turkey. The last race weekend was not an easy one and I feel we could have achieved more in the circumstances, but now it’s in the past and I’m keen to move on. I remember our experience in Istanbul last year, it was quite a unique race event and, although we can’t expect a repeat of the low-grip conditions we had in 2020, we know we need to be ready for anything that may happen. The team’s strong result from Sochi has been a boost for all of us and we want to build on that this weekend.”