June 28th, 2019

#SpiGP: Our favourite things…

2019 FIA Formula One myWorld Grosser Preis von Österreich – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: sunny, 26.7-29.9°C air, 45-50.3°C track; FP2: sunny, 30-30.9°C air, 51.9-47.7°C track

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are all right and well, but having a positive start to a race weekend beats most entries in the list of our favourite things.

No points are ever given on Friday, nor is it safe to assume that the pecking order in the first two sessions will reflect the rest of the weekend. We’ll need our A-game tomorrow and on Sunday to come home with the results we want. But, given the choice, we’ll take having a car in the top ten over not having it, no matter how early the session.

Having said that, we know the road ahead is long. We keep working hard, we keep refining our package, ready to climb every mountain in our way. That’s what we do – and whatever the rest of this baking hot weekend holds, we’ll be ready to take it on.

Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 17th / 1:06.729 (23 laps) / 2nd practice: 7th / 1:05.728 (37 laps)

“It was a bit of a stop-start day, especially in the afternoon with the red flags, but it goes like this sometimes. It’s the same for everyone and we have to make the best of it, whatever the situation. The car felt better in FP2 but let’s not get carried away. It is way too early to say where we stand compared to our rivals, that is something we will only find out tomorrow and in the race. For sure, we have work to do to improve things ahead of qualifying.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):

Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
1st practice: 16th / 1:06.708 (30 laps) / 2nd practice: 14th / 1:06.119 (37 laps)

“I was quite happy with the balance of the car, even though it was difficult to put everything together this afternoon. The two red flags came when we put the soft tyres on and I feel we couldn’t use them to their fullest. However, tomorrow is when it matters. We have to focus on improving ahead of qualifying and do the best possible job in the rest of the weekend, but I hope we can reach Q3 again.”