Kimi Räikkönen was in a very good position on the second start of the race, at Monza… but the choice of tires, top speed and performance of the Alfa Romeo did not ultimately allow the Finn to finish in the points – he fell to 13th place.
Here is Kimi Räikkönen bitterly regretting this end of the race …
“It was a very disappointing result in the end, but we couldn't do anything. We only had soft red flag tires, after using medium tires at the start, which did put us in a very difficult position. The soft tires were good for fighting and defending in the early laps after the restart, but when they faded… we were left vulnerable. Until the red flag we were in a good position: the car felt good and things had turned out quite positively for us, but after that we really couldn't fight. "
Antonio Giovinazzi saw his race completely destroyed by the 10-second stop-and-go – he suffered the same penalty as Lewis Hamilton, for entering the pits when the pit lane was just closed.
“We find ourselves without points after such a crazy race, which is a shame as things seemed to be going well at the start. Looking back, knowing how things turned out, we know that a top 10 finish would have been unlikely, but it's always disappointing to have a penalty that puts you far at the back of the pack when you're running through the fields. first positions. We'll have to look at how the situation that led to the penalty went: in the moments after a safety car is called, everything happens very quickly and you react to what is happening around you. I was just focused on getting back to the pits. After that, I was too far behind to do anything, but it's racing. I just need to put that behind me and focus on next week's race, another home Grand Prix for me, to try and do a better job. "
Frédéric Vasseur, the team manager, regrets a race "weird" who passed Alfa Romeo "by a wide spectrum of emotions."
“We got off to a good start and our race pace was good from the first stint. The safety car changed all positions in the peloton and we ended up leading the peloton, but unfortunately we took a penalty for Antonio at his pit stop which compromised his race. With the red flag, we had to choose between the only tires we had left, the used hard tires or the new soft tires, because we no longer had medium tires. We opted for the soft ones: they helped us at the restart, with Kimi in P2, but unfortunately the advantage of our rivals in the long stints caused us to lose ground as the race went on. We were close to a good result, but that is what it is: we have improved both in qualifying and race pace and we have to keep pushing to improve. "