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Giovinazzi hopes to recover and end “terribly unlucky” stretch

Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen in Imola. Credits: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.

Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he has been very unfortunate so far and hopes he will have more luck in the future after a helmet visor tear-off cost him a point finish at the Italian GP. 

Giovinazzi was right behind his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, driving in P9 hoping for a good result after that a problem during a pit-stop in Bahrain prevented him from scoring the first points of the 2021 season. However, he was forced to pit since the temperatures of his brakes were rising. That was caused by a plastic visor tear-off of his helmet which got stuck in one of the brake ducts, which was overheating. 

“I feel we haven’t reaped what we deserved in the first two rounds,” said Giovinazzi. “We have been unlucky, especially in Imola where we would have been on course for ninth or tenth if it hadn’t been for a tear-off stuck in a brake.”

“We need to take the positives of those performances and use them as a spur to go one better in the next races,” he said. “We know we are in a very close fight, and we know we can come home with some really good results if things go our way.”

Giovinazzi is not the only one who is unlucky, but the whole Alfa Romeo team got hit by bad luck at the start of the season and did not score a single point in 2021. Kimi scored points in Imola, but he received a penalty after the race which dropped him outside the top ten.

“We approach this back-to-back with the confidence of being able to have a good performance and the determination to make up for the circumstances that prevented us from scoring in the first two outings of the season,” said Antonio.

“We know we could have, and should have, had two cars in the points on merit last time out, but that is no consolation as the final result is all that matters. It is now time to turn the performance into points. We know we need a spotless weekend to edge out the other teams in the midfield, and we are determined to do just that.”

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