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Alfa Romeo Racing: China GP Qualifying ‘We’ll push hard tomorrow’

P13 was the best the Alfa Romeo Racing team could manage in qualifying ahead of tomorrow’s Chinese GP, with Kimi unable to find the pace to make it into Q3. However he fared better than team mate Antonio Giovinazzi who didn’t make it past Q1 after a suspected power unto failure.

Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 19-21°C air, 38-43°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 20-21°C air, 31-36°C track

Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 13th in Q2 (1:33.419 / soft (C4) tyres)
3rd practice: 6th (1:34.246 / soft (C4) tyres / 14 laps)

“I would say that we had a few pretty good runs in qualifying. The feeling in the last one was more like it should be. I was out on the back straight alone at one point and didn’t get enough speed. That’s how it goes sometimes. We will find out tomorrow what we can achieve in the race.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: DNF in Q1
3rd practice: 16th (1:35.726 / soft (C4) tyres / 12 laps)

“Not the luckiest weekend so far for me. We had an issue during qualifying today which we are still looking in to. I had to return to the garage and was not able to go back out to set a lap time. A pity, but at least this track offers good opportunities for overtaking, so I will head into the race from the back row tomorrow with the target to work my way forward as much as possible.”

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