Kimi Räikkönen has often shone at Spa. As he reached his first Q2 last weekend in Barcelona, he will be keen to confirm Alfa Romeo's turnaround this weekend, on his signature track. But will the Finn have the top speed in the straights necessary to show himself?
“Spa is one of my favorite circuits and one where I have had good results in the past, but the previous form does not matter in Formula 1. Every year is a story in itself and we have to focus on our work to the best of our ability. We must continue to work hard to close the gap with those before us. Everyone has to do their part, in the car and in the factory, to make the most of what we have. "
For Antonio Giovinazzi, Spa is above all synonymous with special memories, and guaranteed sensations …
“There are places that are part of Formula 1 history and Spa is certainly one of them. When I was young my idol was Michael Schumacher and he had a special relationship with this track, so when you first hit the track on Friday you can't help but think about this whole thing. Spa is a great track to drive, full of tough turns: it's a long track and you want to keep good speed in the turns throughout the lap. "
Finally, Frédéric Vasseur, the team manager, is aware that Alfa Romeo will not be able to play points on a regular basis from one day to the next and calls for being realistic, and almost pessimistic.
“The week without a race gave us time to regroup and prepare for the next triple-header. Needless to say, everyone on the team is working extremely hard to make improvements to our car and to extract its full potential: nothing happens overnight in this sport, however, we have to be realistic about our expectations. We have to take one step at a time, close the gap and keep pushing until the final race. "