June 21st, 2019

#PrcGP: Lost for words

2019 FIA Formula One Pirelli Grand Prix de France – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: sunny, 25-24°C air, 42-48°C track; FP2: sunny, 26-25°C air, 56-52°C track

Most of the time, we make use of these releases to give you an insight into our team’s thinking, to offer a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action or thought that drives our squad. Today is not one of those days.

With one of our drivers AND our team principal in the official FIA Press Conference (and the other driver not being a man of many words in the best of cases), we feel everything we had to say so far has already been said. So, without further ado, here are the basic facts: it was a positive day without issues or interruptions, allowing us to tick all boxes on our practice programme. The morning session was devoted to our updates, the afternoon saw a remarkable upswing in results, with our cars straddling the edge of the top ten and the drivers expressing cautious optimism about the rest of the weekend.

Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. Bring on tomorrow!

Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 16th / 1:35.522 (22 laps) / 2nd practice: 9th / 1:32.677 (34 laps)
“It’s easy to see what the lap times tell, but as usual you cannot read too much into Fridays. In general, I think it was a positive day. We have to keep working to get more out of the car and we’ll see where we end up in qualifying tomorrow.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
1st practice: 17th / 1:36.102 (22 laps) / 2nd practice: 11th / 1:32.973 (34 laps)
“We can be pleased with our first day on track and with finishing close to the top 10. The midfield is still really tight, so we will need to work a lot tonight and find the last bits of performance, but it was a positive start. Tomorrow is another day so we need to focus, work hard and try to have the best car possible for qualifying. Q3 remains our target.”