2021 Pre-Season Testing: Day 2
Antonio Giovinazzi didn’t shy away from putting in the miles during the second day of testing in Bahrain. The Italian racked up a whopping 125 laps on a day that saw the team complete its testing programme in full, despite some red flags interrupting both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Antonio and the team devoted the best part of the morning to long runs, with the man in car #99 quickly settling into a rhythm and grinding lap after lap with impressive consistency. In the afternoon, the focus shifted to shorter stints, with performance runs showing a glimpse of our car’s qualifying potential.
The chequered flag brought an end to Antonio’s short pre-season, with Kimi Räikkönen returning to the cockpit tomorrow for the final day of testing ahead of the first race of the season – in this very venue.
Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Driver: Antonio Giovinazzi
Weather: clear; air 22.7-20.0°C, track 34.0-23.6°C
Chassis / engine: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41-03 / Ferrari
Laps: 125 laps, 676.50 km
Fastest lap: 1:30.760
Jan Monchaux, Technical Director: “It was another good day of testing, with 125 laps to our name. We were able to run our first race simulation in the morning: it went well and we learnt a lot of things that will serve us well during the season. The focus in the afternoon was more on our one-lap performance and on set-up work. It was important to have another full day without reliability issues, so that we could run all the tests we wanted. Antonio did a great job, extracting most out of each lap, as he did yesterday. Now the baton passes to the engineers, crunching the data and preparing tomorrow’s session. Kimi will be back in the car and we’re very likely to run a similar programme to today’s to close off our testing week.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (Car #99): “I am really happy with the work we did: it was a long day, with a lot of laps, but I think we ticked all the boxes on our list. We did long runs and qualifying runs and we managed to achieve all we set out to do. It was my last day in the car before the first race and I feel confident about the season. We worked very hard during the winter and we are ready for the first round: it’s hard to say where we expect to stand, I think we have a good baseline but we won’t know for certain until the first qualifying of the year.”