A challenging Saturday in Northamptonshire
FIA Emirates Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020 – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: overcast 24.5-25.3°C air, 35.2-39.4°C track; Q: clear, 26.2-26.5°C air, 43.5-41.7°C track
It was a hard day in the office for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, with Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen qualifying in 19th and 20th position for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in Silverstone. The results puts the team in a very difficult situation for the race, with a lot being asked from both team and drivers to produce a positive outcome by the time they cross the chequered flag.
The drivers will line up at the wrong end of the grid, but they’ll still go out there giving everything. There’s more than 50 laps to make up ground, more than 50 laps in a venue that can produce spectacular races. There will be opportunities at the start, opportunities through strategy, opportunity to fight on track. It’s up to the team to make them count.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “Needless to say, the bottom row on the grid is not where we want to be. We knew the circuit layout wouldn’t be the best fit for our car and we are aware that qualifying highlights our shortcomings on the short runs, but this only means we have to keep working hard to find a way forward. We have a strong team back in Hinwil and this result must be something to spur the whole team on to improve.”
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 (Chassis 05/Ferrari)
3rd practice: 19th / 1:28.538 (12 laps) / Q: 20th / 1:28.493 (6 laps)
“It’s disappointing to be so far back when we gave everything we had, but it is what it is right now. We struggle in qualifying and getting a better or worse lap means the difference between P16 and P20, which is not that much of a change. I don’t think there’s a simple solution to our issues, nor there is much you can do in a week or two, or else we would have done it already: all we can do is go out tomorrow, try our best and see where we end up.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
3rd practice: 18th / 1:28.468 (13 laps)/ Q: 19th / 1:28.433 (6 laps)
“It was a difficult day for us as we just missed something compared to our rivals. The conditions were tricky because of the wind, during my last lap I lost grip a couple of times and went a bit wide, but in the end it wouldn’t have made a difference in terms of making it to Q2. Tomorrow is another day and we will go out to try and make the best of this situation: we need a good strategy and we will push with all we have.”