Raikkonen hopes to clear Q1 in Imola

Jamie Woodhouse
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen targets Imola Q1 escape.

Kimi Raikkonen struggled to put in a clean lap during his short runs in Imola practice, but remains focused on clearing Q1.

The Finn is the most experienced driver on the Formula 1 grid, and is one of only two drivers alongside Fernando Alonso to have now experienced the old layout of Imola’s iconic Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, and the current one.

Alfa Romeo looked strong on Friday as Antonio Giovinazzi finished FP2 inside the top 10, while Raikkonen was all the way down in P17.

But since Raikkonen was unable to pump in a clean flying lap on his qualifying simulation, he is not worried about his prospects for the rest of the race weekend.

“It wasn’t a bad day for us, even though the timesheets don’t really show it,” he said.

“We couldn’t put a lap together in the short runs, so I am not too worried: let’s see what we can do tomorrow.

“There are things we can improve a bit tonight, as always, so hopefully we can get a bit more performance out of the car. The objective is the same – to clear Q1 and fight for a spot as high on the grid as we can.”

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Giovinazzi believes that with how tight the midfield pack was in practice, it will make nailing that perfect qualifying lap even more crucial.

“We had a good start of the weekend. FP1 was a good session, a bit compromised with the radio and data issue – but that applies to everyone,” he said.

“I was very happy with the car in FP2, both in the short and long runs. We need to adjust a few things to make the car even better for qualifying as we know it will be tight – even more than it was in Bahrain.

“It’s hard to say where we expect to be, as a tiny difference between a lap and the other can make a big difference: we need to put together a perfect lap in qualifying.”

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