Fighting display and mileage record in Spanish GP
FIA Formula One Gran Premio de España 2020 – Race – Sunday
Weather: sunny, 30.1-29.8°C air, 50.1-46.5°C track
The record books will say Sunday 16th August 2020 was the day Kimi Räikkönen became the man with the highest mileage in the history of Formula One, breaking the previous record of 83,846km – more than two laps around the Equator.
What those books won’t recall – perhaps – will be the two battling performances Kimi and Antonio produced on their way to P14 and P16 at the chequered flag, performances dotted by good overtaking manoeuvres and garnished with good pace, especially in the closing stint.
It was a gutsy performance for the boys in the car, with both drivers going for a two-stop strategy, two first stints on mediums followed by a final one on softs. It was a strategy that required moving through traffic quickly, something that was done swiftly.
In the end, this effort was not enough to bring home the points in a race with a lone retirement, that of Charles Leclerc. But the pace shown can be an encouragement for the future. There’s still work to do, lots of it: but the Alfa Romeo Racing team will push hard to move forward, starting in two weeks’ time in Belgium.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “It’s disappointing not to bring home any points after a race weekend where we looked more convincing than in previous weeks. Both drivers executed a good race, attacking where needed and pulling off some very good overtaking moves, but in the end that was not enough for a place in the top ten. It is important, though, to keep moving in the right direction: we have seen an improvement both yesterday in qualifying and in today’s race, so we need to build on this for the next triple-header.”
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 (Chassis 05/Ferrari)
Race result: 14th
Fastest lap: 1:21.888
Tyres: New Medium (20 laps) – Used Medium (24 laps) – New Soft (21 laps)
“The car had a really good pace in the final stint, on the soft tyres, and I wish we had another set to use as they worked really well. Unfortunately we didn’t, so the end result is a bit disappointing as I felt we could have had a bit more. All in all, I think we were a bit better this weekend: we have to keep trying new things to maximise our car’s performance and find more speed. We need to keep improving in this direction.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C39 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Race result: 16th
Fastest lap: 1:21.801
Tyres: New Medium (21 laps) – New Medium (24 laps) – New Soft (20 laps)
“We have some positives to look at today. In the end it was a difficult race but, starting from the back, I think we achieved all we could from this Sunday. We finished ahead of our direct rivals in the championship and we showed good pace, especially in the final stint on softs. Of course, we still need to do a lot of work but we can get some encouragement from today.”