Räikkönen beats Vettel to give Alfa its best qualifying of the year – Nextgen-Auto.com

Kimi Räikkönen had one of the most notable performances of the qualifying Saturday at Mugello: the Finn took his Alfa Romeo to 13th, ahead of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari. It is obviously a satisfaction that promises, why not, a very interesting race tomorrow …

“Thirteenth place is a good result given the circumstances, but obviously we want a lot more. The car was quite fun to drive and I felt like we got everything we could but still disappointing not to be higher on the grid as we were very close to the top 10 We keep trying to get a place in Q3 and sooner or later we'll get there. We'll see tomorrow if we can get into the points in the race: overtaking will be difficult but all we can do is go out there and do our best. "

Antonio Giovinazzi disappointed him once again, finishing in 17th place. And the Italian knows he has to show more to hold onto his seat.

"I'm disappointed to be out in Q1 because today we had the potential to do better. I had a good lap in the first stint but in the second I couldn't put it all together. It is a circuit where a small error costs you dearly because this layout is in fact a succession of turns: if you make a mistake, you lose momentum and your lap is wasted, and that is what happened. past. Tomorrow's race will be tough: physically tough, with high temperatures and on a track where overtaking is difficult. We will do our best to make up for lost time. "

Frédéric Vasseur, the team manager, is satisfied with the progress seen in qualifying, especially on a track where overtaking is difficult.

“Getting a car into Q2 for the second race in a row, just 0.3s from a top 10 spot, is a good result and we can be happy with the step forward we've taken. We had our best qualifying of the year: We have come a long way in the past two months and the gap to our rivals has narrowed considerably, although we know we have to keep working hard to keep moving forward. It's a shame to lose Antonio in Q1: he was less than 0.2s from a place in the top 15, but with such a tight field it was enough to miss him. Tomorrow's race will be interesting: strategy will surely play a big role and we must be ready to react quickly in all circumstances: a place in the points is possible if we show our cards well. "

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