Alfa Romeo's Kimi Räikkönen was disappointed over the weekend in Austria. The Finnish driver was left in the 19th starting box in time, in the race he was first unlucky with the timing of the safety car and eventually he had to stop due to the tire coming off.
The F1 circus has stayed in the Red Bull Ring, and Alfa Romeo is leaving for the Styrian GP this weekend in more positive settings. In its press release, the team praised its pace for improving and moving in the right direction.
- In general, we can be a little happier with the way things have gone. We have a little better understanding of the behavior of our car. It feels like we have taken a step forward, Räikkönen said.
He was the 13th fastest driver on Friday. Already last Sunday, the pace of the race showed that Räikkönen can fight with roughly those hams - and if there are interruptions, points will be possible.
- Of course, the exercises mean nothing, so we have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see where we really are. We hope for a better weekend.
The most important thing is to get to the checkered flag.
- The goal is to be stronger and fight for points.
Bad, stormy weather and rain are forecast for Spielberg on Saturday. It could confuse schedules - in the worst case scenario, if time trials had to be canceled altogether, Friday’s results would dictate the starting order for Sunday’s race.
It is unlikely, though.
Friday's fastest was Max Verstappen, who beat Valtteri Bottas' best lap time by 0.043 seconds. “Pink Mercedes” aka Racing Point took 3rd and 4th place after Sergio Perez (+0.217) was familiarly faster than Lance Stroll (+0.581). The stable is again the black horse of the race and can at best challenge even prize places.