2019 FIA Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco – Practice – Thursday
Weather: FP1: cloudy, 18-19.5°C air, 24.1-26.8°C track; FP2: cloudy, 18.8-20.4°C air, 30.8-35.3°C track
At Alfa Romeo Racing, we pride ourselves in the quality and reliability of our reporting. We enjoy bringing you the freshest quotes from our drivers and senior management – the voice of the team, directly from the source.
However, to commemorate the first day of on-track action in Kimi Räikkönen’s 300th race weekend, we have chosen to bring you something different – something that will test YOU, the fans, and your knowledge of our Finnish ace.
We are proud to present:
the Great Kimi Räikkönen Post-Practice Quote Quiz.
Three quotes, a multiple-choice quiz. A, B or C – what has Kimi REALLY said after Free Practice 1 and 2 today?
“I had been looking forward to today’s sessions since the moment I woke up. It’s the start of my 300th race weekend in Formula One and I want to savour every moment, remember every face. When I got to the garage and sat in my car, I struggled to hold back my emotions. My race engineer, Julian, had to remind me it’s a race like any other and to focus on my job, but I think I may have shed a tear or two when I drove out of the garage.”
“I am not unhappy with the first two practice sessions. It was better than expected, but we still have a lot of work to do to get the best out of the car.”
(We won’t tell you which one is the right answer… we’ll find out who got it right by reading your social media feeds tonight)
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“It’s good to start in Monaco with two clean session, as track time is essential to build confidence around this track. We are satisfied with the work we did today but we are not getting carried away. Finding some extra performance is crucial if we want to target two places in Q3, which is our objective.”
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 9th / 1:13.363 (39 laps) / 2nd practice: 9th / 1:12.342 (51 laps)
See above. We cannot give you any hint.
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 12th / 1:13.437 (39 laps) / 2nd practice: 8th / 1:12.239 (51 laps)
“I am happy about today’s work. The first time in an F1 car around Monaco can be a bit daunting, but I got into a rhythm quickly and was able to enjoy the sessions. There isn’t a lot between all the teams so we will need to make some more improvement tonight to stay in the top 10.”