Kimi Räikkönen: “Let’s see what the weekend in America has to offer”
Kimi raikkonen has fond memories of racing at Circuit of the Americas after passing his final Formula 1 racing victory there in 2018, but once behind the wheel of the car he knows those memories count for nothing.
The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN pilot scored a superb and well-received victory in the United States of America three years ago as he raced for Scuderia Ferrari, but he knows this weekend will be about fighting for points rather than winning.
Räikkönen has only scored points three times in 2021, and he knows Alfa Romeo will have to start the weekend in the limelight if they are to add to their points tally this weekend as ‘they try to deny Williams racing eighth place in the constructors’ championship.
“I have fond memories of COTA: of course that was where I scored my last win, so it’s a good thing to look back on, but once I’m in the car, it does not matter. said Räikkönen. “We know we have to do everything right if we want to come away with something from the race, and that starts on Friday.
“We had two races where the conditions were changing and we had to react to them, now let’s see what the weekend in America has to offer and where we end up.”
“I hope we have a better one than two weeks ago” – Antonio Giovinazzi
Teammate Antonio Giovinazzi admits it was frustrating not scoring points in the Turkish Grand Prix two weeks ago as the Italian missed a lap as he tried to close the gap to Alpine F1 team‘s Esteban Ocon.
Giovinazzi occupies eighteenth place in the Drivers’ Championship with just one point to his name in 2021, which returned in May in the Monaco Grand Prix, but he was less than a second of catching up with Ocon at Intercity Istanbul Park only to run out of laps to take a step towards tenth.
The Italian is looking forward to returning to the Circuit of the Americas for the first time since 2019, and although he finished fourteenth there this weekend, he felt it was a strong weekend, and he is aiming for the top ten this time around.
“I look forward to the weekend in Austin” Giovinazzi said. “It’s always a great place to visit, the people are super nice and the city is great. I fondly remember the time we raced there in 2019, it was a great weekend and I hope this time it will be the same.
“It was frustrating to miss out on points for such a small margin in Turkey, we had the pace to come home in the top 10, but it wasn’t. We will also have to give 100% this time around and I hope we do better than two weeks ago.