Japanese Grand Prix – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen says he wasn’t happy with his final flying lap in Q2, as he was outqualified by Antonio Giovinazzi.
Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday’s race in Japan from P13 on the grid. The Alfa Romeo driver did a 1:29.358 on the Soft tyres in Q2, resulting in him being knocked out of qualifying. This time was just over a tenth off the time set by Antonio Giovinazzi, meaning Raikkonen was outqualified by his Italian teammate for the third consecutive race.
“It was a pretty ok session overall, but the conditions made it really tricky to control the car.” said Raikkonen. “I wasn’t fully happy with my final Q2 lap: I left a bit of time out there and that is what made the difference between a place in Q3 and being out.”
Giovinazzi, who starts from P11, said he made a minor error on his flying lap, but that he’s aiming for points later on Sunday: “P11 again. I did a mistake in turn 11.”
“The conditions weren’t ideal today with the wind: it was a bit tricky but in the end it’s the same for everybody and it was good to do some laps. Our focus won’t change: we will push to get a good result in the afternoon.”
End of the road for our boys 🏁 But not for today, we will be racing in just a few hours! 🏎
— Alfa Romeo Racing (@alfaromeoracing) October 13, 2019