The free practice sessions had gone pretty well for Alfa Romeo, so that the team was confident to get good places in qualifying. Kimi Räikkönen finished 17th after a foul.
"It's disappointing to be eliminated in Q1 after a nice morning session" admits Räikkönen. "I made a braking error in turn 12, I blocked a wheel and it cost me at least three tenths, which would have placed me four or five positions above, and in Q2."
"It was basically over after that, without the mistake I would have easily passed, we will have a lot of work to do but we will do our best."
Antonio Giovinazzi beat Räikkönen in qualifying, but he only finished one place above, which was enough to be eliminated: "We were expecting better, especially after the EL3 where we looked pretty good."
"But I missed the Q2 for a place, for a small gap, less than a tenth.Since our starting position, the race will be difficult.We will need to understand how to maximize our race pace, believe in ourselves and see where it takes us. "
The team's director, Fred Vasseur, admits that Alfa Romeo was very expensive for the very small differences: "We had a lot of progress in EL3 and we were quite confident before qualifying, but it came to a halt, it was disappointing to lose both cars in Q1, the gaps were so small that a tenth here or there would have brought us Q2. "