Raikkonen: Alfa Romeo was “hoping for more” after disappointing qualifying

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Alfa Romeo Racing C41 Ferrari during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 16, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen admits expecting more from Alfa Romeo after being knocked out of Q1 during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

The Alfa Romeo driver qualified 17th, 3 places behind his teammate Antonio Giovinazi. He admitted that his lap was good, but that he wasn’t able to extract more performance from his car.

“We were hoping for more so to be out in Q1 is not great: there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the lap, but there was simply no more I could get.

“Now let’s focus on the Sprint race: it’s a new format so let’s see what we can get from it. We need to do our best and make up some places as we have done in previous races to give ourselves a better shot on Sunday.”

Giovinazzi said he enjoyed only one session of practice before qualifying and echoed the comments from his teammate as he said there was nothing left to get from his car.

“It was quite a peculiar day, but it was fun to have just one hour of practice and then go straight into qualifying. Once again, we were strong enough to get into Q2, but that was pretty much as far as we could go. We were a bit too far from Q3 today. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow: the Sprint will be important for Sunday and we approach it with a simple strategy – get positions on lap one but try not to take too many risks. Making progress after the start won’t be easy with no stops, but we can still aim to gain ground in the opening stages.”

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