Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN finished the inaugural 2021 Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix in 14th and 15th positions, a result achieved in difficult conditions during the floodlit race. Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi delivered solid performances from the back, executing two really good starts and achieving the most that were possible on the night.
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
I was surprised by the overtakes we could do, in the end, it was an entertaining race. I didn’t expect much at the beginning, perhaps to be able to race with some people as the car was pretty much the same as yesterday, but we had a good start and then things kept improving as the race went on. I had some good battles and by the end, we were catching the McLaren and AlphaTauri ahead. I think we got everything we could out of this race.
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
We did the maximum we could, I don’t think anything more than P15 was possible today. We had a great first lap, gaining four places, and then we were in some nice battles for the rest of the evening. We struggled yesterday, but we knew with a good race we could finish ahead of both Haas and Williams – and that is what we delivered. We went for a two-stopper as we knew the degradation was high and the kerbs were hard, and in the end, we were quicker than our rivals. Given where we started, we have to be satisfied with our race today.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN:
We had a better Sunday after a difficult weekend, on a track that has been quite tough for our cars. Our pace through practice, qualifying and the race was affected by some damage we picked up during the sessions, so to pull together a good recovery drive like tonight’s, leaving behind the Haas and the Williams, was positive. Both drivers did really well at the start, produced some good overtakes and in the end we were able to close to within three seconds of Ricciardo and Tsunoda. P14 and P15 were the most we could achieve today and we did it. Now we have a week to regroup after this triple-header, time to prepare for the final two races of the season.