The Alfa Romeo team failed to bring one of their cars to Q2 at the Portuguese Grand Prix, but the two drivers were the first to be eliminated and beat two Haas and a Williams. The wind seems to have played against the C39 and its stability.
“The car was doing really well this morning after the changes we made overnight, but when the wind picked up we started to struggle with the settings again,” comments Kimi Räikkönen, 16th fastest and first eliminated from Q1.
“Overall the car performed well but by the time we had a tailwind it was a really tough experience. We tried to get into Q2 we did what we could but it didn't was not enough today. Under different conditions it would have been a completely different story, but in the end it's the same for everyone. I'm obviously disappointed, but we have the race tomorrow to try to ride up."
Antonio Giovinazzi will start behind his team-mate and hope for a difficult race for the whole peloton to come back up and aim for a result close to the top 10 tomorrow. However, he wants to be positive about the progress made since the first laps on the circuit.
"The grip conditions were a little better today, but they were still a challenge. I think we did our best once again, but it was not enough to secure a place in Q2. , " continues Antonio Giovinazzi, qualified just behind the Finn, in 17th place.
“Starting backwards is never easy, but we can still race tomorrow and see what happens. We need a good start and take advantage of all the opportunities, especially if the weather is playing a role. . The grip levels are still quite low, it's easy to fault … so anything can happen! "