Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN brought home four precious points from the Mexican Grand Prix, courtesy of a strong team performance that saw Kimi Räikkönen finish eighth after a flawless race in Mexico City. Team-mate, Antonio Giovinazzi, was just outside the points in 11th after a solid performance that saw him run as up as sixth in the opening stages.
The four points lift Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN’s total to 11 as we continue a strong run that saw the team score in two of the last four races. Once again, we demonstrated we can fight with merit within the top ten, with the aim to do just that in the remaining four races in the calendar.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: “Just as in the last few races, we have been on the pace all weekend: today we’ve delivered a strong performance when it mattered and the result shows it. We bring home four points, another top ten finish that gives us more confidence for the final races of the season. It’s a shame not to have two cars in the points, especially given how strong we looked in the opening stages, but the race didn’t go Antonio’s way after the stop. We are a team, we win and lose as one and as a team we will get back stronger, starting from Brazil next week.”
Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41 (Chassis 05/Ferrari)
Race result: 8th
Fastest lap: 1:20.713 (Lap 63)
Tyres: Used Medium (31 laps) – New Hard (38 laps)
“It was nice to get points and bring a reward to the team. We always try to do our best, every time we get to a race, and today things worked out well for us. P8 is probably the best we could do, we had good pace and we could keep up with the cars around us. Passing Russell at the beginning was crucial for our race, then the biggest challenge was to keep the tyres alive until the end. We can be satisfied about this result and start focusing on having another good event in Brazil.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Race result: 11th
Fastest lap: 1:21.523 (Lap 68)
Tyres: Used Medium (16 laps) – New Hard (54 laps)
“I’m really disappointed about this result as I think we could have been in the points with both cars. I had an outstanding first lap and made it up to P6, and even when Sainz passed me I was looking strong for seventh. We pitted early but ended up in the battle between Bottas and Ricciardo and this cost us a lot of time – ultimately, the chance to score points. We had really good pace, I’m happy for the points Kimi scored but this one is really disappointing.”