Alfa Romeo: A day of ups and downs


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After two incredible football comebacks in two days, we can hope three’s a charm and Alfa Romeo Racing deliver the biggest comeback of all to come away with a big result when the chequered flag falls on Sunday afternoon after P11 and P17 in the free practice sessions!

After all, this track has produced some wildly unexpected results in the past – not least, Michael Schumacher’s “fifth-gear only” drive to P2 in 1994 and Pastor Maldonado’s famous win in 2012.

You couldn’t have predicted that. THEY couldn’t have predicted that. So let’s produce some more comeback magic and continue this crazy week of sporting upsets!

Kimi Räikkönen:

  • Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
  • 1st practice: 18th / 1:20.591 (22 laps) / 2nd practice: 11th / 1:18.727 (30 laps)

“That was a difficult day for us, with lots of issues here and there. At the end of FP2 we understood the car a bit better, but we still have a lot of work to do for tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Antonio Giovinazzi:

  • Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
  • 1st practice: 14th / 1:20.021 (28 laps) / 2nd practice: 17th / 1:19.427 (37 laps)

“It was very nice to finally have a Friday without issues and I hope it is a sign of things to come for the rest of the weekend. I was able to get some good mileage under my belt in both sessions, which was crucial.”

“Barcelona is a track we know very well but it’s interesting to see how much the cars have progressed since testing and in these temperatures.”

“As always, understanding the tyres was a big part of our programme today and I feel we have a good understanding of how they work. Hopefully we can progress a bit more tonight and we will be in the battle for Q3 tomorrow.”

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