Alfa Romeo had a difficult weekend in Japan. They struggled to make a good performance in their cars and they only achieved to get a thirteenth place for Kimi Raikkonen and an eleventh for Antonio Giovinazzi. Of course, it wasn’t what they were expecting but they were hoping to improve those positions during the race. What happened is that both Kimi and Antonio worsened their initial positions. Kimi started on P13 and finished on P14, Antonio started on P11 and finished on P16. Neither Kimi or Antonio got points and they said it was one of their worst weekends of the season.
“It’s a disappointing end to our weekend. We always do all we can to bring home a good result and in the end the car was pretty good on the last set of tyres. We were running three, four seconds faster than the earlier in the race, but unfortunately by then we had lost a lot of time and our afternoon was compromised.” Commented the Finn driver.
“We couldn’t find a good balance in the first two stints on medium and hard tyres, they just wouldn’t work, and I had no front end. We must look at the data to understand what happened and figure out what to fix, so that we can consistently have the performance we had in the final part of the race. We’ll now focus on Mexico so we can get a good result there” add the Alfa Romeo driver.
It was very strange to see both Alfa Romeo’s fighting for not being the last. Hopefully we can see them in the top 10 in the next round; the Mexican Grand Prix.