2019 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

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    • 2019 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix – Race – Sunday



      Weather: Qualifying: sunny and windy, 22.7-21.5°C air, 38.6-34.0°C track; Race: sunny and windy, 22.0-21.2°C air, 35.5-27.9°C track

      Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG:
      "We got into the race hoping to be in the top ten but in the end we weren't able to fight for the points after the opening laps. We showed a much better pace in the closing stages, on the soft tyres, so we will have to review what happened and analyse the data to ensure we can deliver the same level of performance throughout the race. In such a tight field, we need to extract the best from our car at all times or the competition will have the upper hand, which is what happened today."


      Kimi Räikkönen (car number 7):
      Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 06/Ferrari)
      Q: 13th
      Race result: 14th
      Fastest lap: 1:33.190
      Tyres: New med 15 laps - new hard 21 laps - new soft 15 laps

      "It's a disappointing end to our weekend. We always do all we can to bring home a good result and in the end the car was pretty good on the last set of tyres. We were running three, four seconds faster than earlier in the race, but unfortunately by then we had lost a lot of time and our afternoon was compromised. We couldn't find a good balance in the first two stints on medium and hard tyres, they just wouldn't work and I had no front end. We have to look at the data to understand what happened and figure out what to fix, so that we can consistently have the performance we had in the final part of the race."


      Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 99):
      Alfa Romeo Racing C38 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
      Q: 11th
      Race result: 16th
      Fastest lap: 1:32.369
      Tyres: New med 18 laps - new hard 31 laps - new soft 2 laps

      "It was a difficult weekend for us. The conditions weren't ideal with the wind, but in the end it's the same for everyone so we need to focus on our work. Our pace turned out to be better in qualifying than in the race in comparison with our rivals and we have to understand why. The potential of the car is there but we have to keep working to improve ahead of the final races and do the best possible job in the rest of the season."

      Media information:
      All press content will be made available at the following link throughout the weekend in Suzuka: bit.ly/2pqtj5r

      Media contact Alfa Romeo:
      Davide D'Amico
      davide.damico1@fcagroup.com
      +39 3357715011
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