Mystery issue wrecks FP1 for Giovinazzi

Date published: April 12 2019

Alfa Romeo do not know the issue which caused Antonio Giovinazzi to be sidelines in FP1 in China.

Alfa Romeo do not know at the end of Friday’s free practice in China what caused Antonio Giovinazzi to be sidelined during FP1.

The Italian’s FP1 ended after just two installation laps with no time on the board, but he would come back fighting in the session, completing the most laps of any driver and finishing P18.

“It was an issue we didn’t find yet,” Giovinazzi told reporters in Shanghai.

“Luckily the mechanics did a good job and in the end I ran in FP2. This was good.

“Of course it was not ideal to start the weekend without lap in FP1 so we need to keep working, find a solution for tomorrow and hopefully have a good qualifying.”

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen ended FP2 in P11, 1.3s quicker than Giovinazzi, and the rookie believes although FP1’s woes got him a bit out of sorts, the team eventually did all the running they needed.

He added: “From my side it’s a little strange because I missed FP1, so I adapted a little bit…not fast. In the end we had the whole run place the team wanted, [and] this is ideal. Now we need to keep working for tomorrow.”

Raikkonen, it appears, got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning, as he was rather snappy with the assembled press.

Asked why Alfa were struggling after the former World Champion finished both practice sessions outside of the top ten, he replied: “So you know what is happening in our garage?”

“Obviously our position is what it is today,” he then said when quizzed further about the team’s performance in practice.

“It doesn’t matter which, even if we would be last ones it’s only practice. We do normal stuff and go through everything tonight and then we’ll see where we get tomorrow.”

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