the Alfa romeo The drivers aim to qualify for Q3 of the French Grand Prix after an encouraging first day at Paul Ricard.
Throughout 2020 the Italian team have been one of the laggards on the grid and coming out of Q1 on a race weekend has been seen as a success.
In 2021 however, they looked much stronger, more often being closer to the midfielder than Haas and finishing in the top 10 in two of the first six races.
They haven’t done it on a Saturday yet, but after a decent Friday at Paul Ricard where they placed both cars in the top 13 in both sessions, the goal is to change that.
In fact, Kimi raikkonen, who finished P9 in FP2, thinks he could have done even better.
“It wasn’t too bad there,” he said.
“I even have the impression that I could have been a few places higher with a better lap. The hope, of course, is that we can be somewhere in this region, in the top ten, when we get into qualifying.
“As always, we can try to find something more tonight with the engineers and optimize the performance of the car, but it’s not a bad start.”
All day in or around the top 10 👌🏻
– Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) June 18, 2021
The Finn’s teammate Antonio Giovinazzi failed to make it into the top 10 himself but didn’t have a bad day, finishing the sessions in P12 and P11.
Like Raikkonen, the Italian was also not entirely happy with how things turned out, making him optimistic about his chances of entering the top 10 in the shootout on Saturday.
“It was a good start to the weekend and we are confident heading into qualifying,” he said.
“The conditions there were not easy, with a lot of wind and poor grip, but that’s also what we can expect for tomorrow.
“Being just outside the top when I’m still not 100% happy with the car means we can be in the fight for Q3 if we find an improvement tonight. It’s our job and if we do a better job than our rivals we can have a good Saturday.
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