Alfa Romeo had the nice surprise of finishing at the top of the timesheet, certainly not representative, thanks to the lap time done this morning by Robert Kubica. In the afternoon, Kimi Räikkönen took over and was able to make a busy schedule.
"We shared the day, with Robert in the car this morning and Kimi in the afternoon, and we divided our program into two separate parts" explains Fred Vasseur. "We are satisfied with both, we are making progress with the C39 on qualifying runs and on long stints."
"We have two more days in the car with Antonio (Giovinazzi) and Kimi, their last outings before Melbourne, so we will want to maximize our track time during the rest of the week, which will be key to our preparation for the season. "
For his part, Räikkönen had a busy and not always easy afternoon, but he wants to be a philosopher in the face of the obstacles encountered: "It was a tough session, but we expect it in practice."
"We concentrated on the long stints mainly by trying several options and we were able to learn how to prepare the car the best. In the end, we can be satisfied with our pace on the long stints, although there is still work before Melbourne. "
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