As the Ferrari Power Unit improved so did Alfa Romeo, with its drivers stating the car is “much better” than the previous version.
Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Givoinazzi finished 11th and 12th respectively. Despite failing to get a top-10 finish, Raikkonen talked about the positives in the car performance.
“It wasn’t a bad race, we had some good fights, and the car behaved nicely, but it’s disappointing not to bring home points when we were in the top ten nearly all night. Had the race been a few laps longer, we probably would have been able to catch to the cars in front, but we will keep trying,” said Raikkonen.
“The car felt good, as it did in testing, so it is clear we have made a step forward compared to last year. We still have a bit to work to close the gap with the top five teams, but we keep fighting to find that little bit extra,” he concluded.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who finished behind his teammate, said they are “much faster and have a much better car, so we can be happy about the step forward we’ve made.
“It wasn’t enough to bring home points today, but we are very close to the top 10 and we can consistently fight for the points.
“My race was good, I think I got everything I could out of the car, but of course we lost time at the first pit-stop.
“In the end, mistakes do happen and we have to learn from them and make sure we don’t do them again next time; without the issue, I would have probably been more close to where Kimi ended.
“Now my focus is on Imola, racing again in my home country and hopefully achieving a good result to make the Tifosi at home happy,” he concluded.