Showing some grit
FIA Formula One Gran Premio de España 2020 – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: sunny 29.9-31.6°C air, 43.7-46.3°C track; Q: sunny, 30.3-31°C air, 48.7-48.2°C track
Grit. It’s an overused word, at times, but it is not misplaced in today’s headline. Grit is what leads you to push on when nothing goes your way. It’s what helps you come up with solutions in difficult circumstances. It’s what tells you never to give up.
Grit is what the Alfa Romeo Racing team showed in qualifying to get a place in Q2: a small victory, just the first step on the way to recovery. It’s not something to celebrate: but it’s something that shows they may have been down, but their not out. There’s still a lot of work ahead of the team and points are not given out on a Saturday. The drivers start in P14 and P20 and they’ll need a lot more of what they delivered today to come home with a good result. Have no doubt the team will go out to give it all: with passion, with determination… with grit.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “It was an encouraging session for the team, something to build on. Kimi did an excellent job to climb out of Q1 and give us a good chance to be in the fight for the points tomorrow. It was a pity to lose Antonio so early: unfortunately he may have suffered some damage during his first run and he wasn’t able to improve on his second one. Overall, though, we seem to be going in the direction we want so we need to keep pushing to improve.”
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 (Chassis 05/Ferrari)
3rd practice: 14th / 1:18.721 (11 laps) / Q: 14th / Q1: 1:17.797 (6 laps) / Q2: 1:17.386 (6laps)
“It was definitely a positive day: the car felt a lot better and it gave me the confidence to drive it how I wanted. We made it to Q2 and we could have achieved even more, but we didn’t have any more sets of soft tyres so we had to use the mediums. Perhaps we could have been in the fight for Q3 but for now we have to be happy. We had the speed and hopefully we can take it from here. We are moving in the right direction and we know what we have to do to be in the points tomorrow – be faster than the guys in front of us.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
3rd practice: 18th / 1:19.175 (13 laps) / Q: 20th / 1:18.697 (6 laps)
“Not the easiest qualifying session for me. At the end of the first lap I went on a kerb and I think the floor may have got damaged. We’ll need to check what happened, but after that it was difficult to do a second lap as the handling was off. That was today, now we have to think about the race. It will be difficult to recover a good result from P20, even with a good strategy, but we’ll give everything we have.”