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Sport For the first time in 2020 in Q2: "Positive day" for Kimi Räikkönen

21:41  15 august  2020
21:41  15 august  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Why Alfa Romeo considers Kimi Räikkönen's starting position in the Spanish Grand Prix a "small victory" and what the "Iceman" himself thinks about it

It is a " small victory "that was achieved in Formula 1 qualifying in Barcelona. This is what Alfa Romeo writes in its latest press release on the Spanish Grand Prix. In fact, Kimi Raikkonen has placed herself on the starting grid better than ever before in the 2020 season. This apparently gives Alfa Romeo new momentum.

, however, emphasizes the racing team from Hinwil: "It's nothing to celebrate, because we still have a lot of work to do. In addition, there are no points on Saturdays." One can, however, speak of the "first step on the way forward".

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Or as Frederic Vasseur as team boss puts it: Starting position 14 on his own is an "encouraging" sign for his team and "something you can build on". Alfa Romeo go through Raikkonen's time trial with a point chance in the sixth Formula 1 race of the season.

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"All in all, things are going in the right direction," says Vasseur. "We have to stay tuned now."

At 1.373 seconds behind the Q2 best time, Raikkonen even managed to outrun Esteban Ocon's Renault. And: Raikkonen had the direct competition from Haas and Williams under control by a good tenth.

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He therefore speaks of a "definitely positive day, the first positive day of the season," said the 2007 Formula 1 world champion. "The car felt a lot better and gave me the confidence rough to drive it the way I wanted it to. "

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And Raikkonen would have dared to do more than "just" P14, but then the Alfa Romeo planning thwarted his plans: "We ran out of soft tires and we had to be medium drive. Otherwise we could have been fighting for a Q3 place, "he says.

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"But for the moment we have to be satisfied. We had the speed. Hopefully it will continue like this."

One of the keys to this latest improvement in form was "to try as many things as we can think of," explains Raikkonen. "We have already sacrificed a few qualifying sessions to learn new things. Everything was fine today."

Giovinazzi is right at the back

At least almost everything, because Antonio Giovinazzi took last place in qualifying. Why, if the Alfa Romeo team-mate made it into the second lap at the same time?

Giovinazzi himself blames it on a too violent curb attack and says: "The sub-floor was probably damaged." And that on his first timed lap. "After that it was difficult to get a second lap because the handling was a mess," he says.

And so Alfa Romeo's hopes in the Spanish Grand Prix rest mainly on Raikkonen. He himself mentions a simple formula for success: "We know what we have to do tomorrow to make it into the points: be faster than the people in front of us."

With images from Motorsport Images .

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