Alfa Romeo Racing: Monaco GP Friday Practice Roundup

2019 FIA Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco – Practice – Thursday

This weekend at the Monaco GP it mark’s Kimi Raikkonen’s 300th race weekend but it is business as usual for the Iceman as he focus’ on the job at hand with Alfa Romeo Racing.

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 #7:
1st practice: 9th / 1:13.363 (39 laps) / 2nd practice: 9th / 1:12.342 (51 laps)

“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.”

Antonio Giovinazzi #99:
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.”

Little Mole goes from stars to cars with Alfa Romeo Racing

There will be an extra dose of adventure in the Alfa Romeo Racing garage as Little Mole, the beloved cartoon character created by animator Zdeněk Miler, is announced as the new team partner.

Born in 1956 in Prague, Little Mole is not your ordinary mole. Over more than six decades, its adventures have spanned the globe, propelling the cute mammal to stardom and growing a massive fan base, especially in Eastern Europe and the Nordic countries.

Ever the record-breaker, in 2011 Little Mole hitched a ride on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and took to space as a guest of astronaut Andrew Feustel for its most incredible adventure to date. With a new taste for technology and derring-do, Little Mole then looked to the next frontier – and found Alfa Romeo Racing, where the iconic figure will adorn our cars for the rest of the season.

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
“There is a lot of focus on bringing new audiences to Formula One and Little Mole, with its big follower base all over the world, can help us capture the imagination of hundreds of thousands of children and get them closer to our sport. Little Mole is a plucky, adventurous little animal who uses its ingenuity and curiosity to explore the world. It’s that ingenuity that fosters the creativity our sport needs.”

About Little Mole
A popular character that was first animated more than 60 years ago, Little Mole continues to be a symbol of a care-free childhood, goodness, goodwill and love that always wins over everything. These values have helped to create a significant global audience for ‘Krtek’ – both among children, parents and grandparents – in countries that include central Europe, China, Japan, India and Russia.

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