Alfa Romeo: Qualifying didn’t go to plan


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Alfa Romeo report from qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 3 of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, at Shanghai International Circuit.

Qualifying at the 1000th race weekend didn’t go to plan…

  • Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 19-21°C air, 38-43°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 20-21°C air, 31-36°C track

Kimi Räikkönen

  • Qualifying: 13th in Q2 (1:33.419 / soft (C4) tyres)
  • 3rd practice: 6th (1:34.246 / soft (C4) tyres / 14 laps)

“I would say that we had a few pretty good runs in qualifying. The feeling in the last one was more like it should be. I was out on the back straight alone at one point and didn’t get enough speed. That’s how it goes sometimes. We will find out tomorrow what we can achieve in the race.”

Antonio Giovinazzi

  • Qualifying: DNF in Q1
  • 3rd practice: 16th (1:35.726 / soft (C4) tyres / 12 laps)

“Not the luckiest weekend so far for me. We had an issue during qualifying today which we are still looking in to. I had to return to the garage and was not able to go back out to set a lap time. A pity, but at least this track offers good opportunities for overtaking, so I will head into the race from the back row tomorrow with the target to work my way forward as much as possible.”

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