F1 | Azerbaijan GP | Antonio Giovinazzi: “I am happy with what we saw in both the qualifying and the race simulations.”
The Alfa Romeo team describes Friday’s practice sessions work as a fine job, where they managed to ring both cars’ programmes to a successful conclusion. With different disruptions, Giovinazzi managed to get P7 while his teammate Räikkönen ended the day in P12.
With wind conditions expected later in the weekend, the Baku street circuit is likely to throw in a few surprises and become more challenging for the drivers and teams. But the Alfa Romeo team will put all of their abilities to navigate through the conditions and challenges to bring home another good result. According to the team, the first day of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in two years has proved to be a positive start to their race weekend. Giovinazzi finished inside the top 10 in FP2.
“The car felt good from the start: FP1 wasn’t too bad and we made a step forward in the second session. I am happy with what we saw in both the qualifying and the race simulations. It’s only Friday but I’m satisfied to be seventh in the standings, hopefully we can carry on this form tomorrow,” declared Giovinazzi.
“There are still a few little things to improve, of course, but we can be happy so far. Tomorrow we will need to put everything together, as always, and make sure we make the most of the tow as it will be critical. We will try our best and hopefully have a good result,” the Italian driver added.
With Kimi Räikkönen referring a bit more to the tricky conditions due to Virtual Safety Cars, yellow and even red flag during the practice sessions:
“It was a good way to start the weekend, the car felt ok from the morning session but of course there is still a lot that can be improved. In the end, there were a few interruptions with the yellow and red flags, which broke up the day a little, but it’s the same for everyone and we have to deal with it. We will see what we can improve on the car tonight: hopefully we can have a strong day tomorrow.”