Giovinazzi happy with pace against Raikkonen

Antonio Giovinazzi has said he’s pleased with the pace he has in relation to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen this season. 

In his first full campaign in the sport, the Alfa Romeo man has only beaten the Finn in one race and has 30 points less, but he’s happy with where he is pace wise nonetheless.

“From Paul Ricard, but also before, Monaco, I was always really close to Kimi, so I think in qualifying I’m there now, the performance is there,” he said as per F1i.com.

“I was struggling a bit in races but missing two years is not easy, but in races, we’re coming better.

“I’m sure the team knows this improvement and we are working really hard together, the team gives me big support to improve and so far we’re doing a good job.

“I think [the] performance is there, speed is there, [but the] points are not there, for many things.”

The Italian first drove in F1 in 2017 when he deputised for the injured Pascal Wehrlein, and he admits the two-year break from the sport is something he’s struggled with.

“It’s not easy, already if you miss two years without racing, in the end, I did only two races in 2017 and then in 2018 only one race, Le Mans, which is completely different from here,” Giovinazzi added.

“Then come back to F1, the best of motorsport is not really easy, but like I said at the beginning of the season I knew already my target was improving race by race. Take that feeling back, and this is what I’m doing.

“I started struggling a bit more, but in these last few races the pace is there compared to Kimi so I need to be happy with my performance.”

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Raikkonen: Alfa better than ‘s***’ points total

Kimi Raikkonen insists that Alfa Romeo’s “s***” points total isn’t a true reflection of their performances in 2019.

Alfa Romeo currently find themselves P7 in the Constructors’ Championship, and Raikkonen, who joined the re-branded outfit for 2019 from Ferrari, has chipped in with 31 of their 32 points this season.

The former World Champion, who admitted to not having even read his Alfa contract, had no expectations heading into the season, but isn’t happy with their current points total.

“I didn’t expect anything,” Raikkonen is quoted by F1i.com.

“I came in to do the best that I can, and I think if you look at the points right now, it looks pretty shit. But I don’t think it’s really telling the true story of the first part of the season.

“For sure around Barcelona, we were not where we wanted to be, we were too slow basically. But before and after that we came back pretty well.”

The Finn feels that Alfa are doing the best job they can considering their limitations.

“We are going in the right direction and doing the right things, but as a team, we have limitations,” he confessed.

“We are not like the guys at the front, and we know that, we accept it. But for what we have, we are doing good.

“We just want to be faster and to be ahead. Slowly we are building there. It takes time as always. But we’re doing pretty okay.

“It could always be better, we haven’t always maximised the points, but that’s how it goes.”

Alfa may still get a points boost if their double-points finish in Germany is returned to them when the stewards hear their appeal in September.

Raikkonen crossed the line P7 in a chaotic race, with Giovinazzi finishing P8.

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Raikkonen told Alfa: Whine and I’m out of here

Kimi Raikkonen has no idea if there’s a clause in his Alfa Romeo contract banning him from dangerous activities, saying he told the team that if they “whine” about his life, he’s “not here anymore”.

Dropped by Ferrari at the end of last year, Raikkonen opted to prolong his Formula 1 career by signing a two-year contract with Alfa Romeo.

The Finn is, at least according to his Instagram page, loving life with the Ferrari-powered team as he gets to race on weekends and then enjoy life however he wants when he walks away from the track.

That often includes doing things that other teams may frown upon such as riding a dirt bike or playing ice hockey.

Asked whether Alfa Romeo had set up any clauses in his contract prohibiting him from dangerous activities, the Finn told Hungarian magazine Vezess: “I haven’t read my contract because it’s worth zero as far as I’m concerned.

“When we first talked to Alfa Romeo-Sauber, I told them that if they complain about anything, if they whine, I’m not here anymore!

“There are many dangerous things in life. Of course, one always tries to be careful, but it is enough to talk about the problem if it happened.”

 

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Raikkonen’s current Alfa Romeo contract expires at the end of 2020, however, there is a possibility that the Finn, who will be 41 next October, may stick around for 2021.

That year Formula 1 is expected to introduce a complete overhaul of the regulations aimed at making the racing closer.

Asked whether he wants a say in the 2021 rules, Raikkonen replied: “One way or another, everyone has an opinion on the rules, but I don’t know how much of that they take it into account.

“I know that drivers want to influence the new rules through the GPDA and if they ask me, I will tell them what I think. We’ll see!”

However, should Raikkonen still be around in 2021 it will be a driver as the Iceman has absolutely no interest in taking a managerial role in F1.

“God forbid, it’s not for me!” he said. “Liberty has more politics than most countries.”

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Raikkonen: We were faster than McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen believes Alfa Romeo had more pace at the Hungarian Grand Prix than McLaren but couldn’t get the overtake done.

Carlos Sainz claimed P5 for McLaren, with Raikkonen crossing the line P7 to earn a fourth points finish in the last five races.

The Finn went into the weekend with little expectation and so was surprised with the pace Alfa had in the race, so much so that he believed they were faster than his former employer.

“I don’t know really because I didn’t expect much,” said Raikkonen when asked if he was happy with P7.

“Obviously I had no idea where we were going to end up after Friday, but actually the car was behaving very well.

“I thought we had more speed than McLaren at the beginning, but then after the pit stop we knew that it was impossible to overtake and I had to save the tyres for the end.

“We lost one position in the pit stop, we gained one, so maybe the only thing we could have done better was stop a lap earlier but that’s how it goes.”

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