Despite enduring a difficult start to the season, Kimi Raikkonen is confident he can score his first points of 2020 at Silverstone.
After often finding themselves fighting in the top 10 last year, Alfa Romeo look to have taken a step back this season. In the first races, they’ve instead found themselves fighting to get out of Q1 and failing.
They have at least looked quicker on race-days, often showing more pace than both Haas and Williams. Such pace is enough for Raikkonen to fancy his chances of finishing in the top half of the grid for the first time this year.
“The first few races haven’t been ideal in terms of results but the important thing is that we are moving in the right direction,” the Finn told the Alfa Romeo website.
“We have identified the areas where we need to improve and hopefully we will get to Silverstone with the solutions needed to give us some extra competitively.
“We have seen we can fight against most midfield cars on Sunday and we are confident we can come home with points from either of these two races.”
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) July 26, 2020
The team do at least have two points to their name after the first three races, and they came courtesy of Antonio Giovinazzi.
The Italian managed to finish in P8 at the season opener and has often looked to have the upper hand on his experienced team-mate ever since.
He, like Raikkonen, is encouraged by the car’s race-pace and says the key now is solving their qualifying issues.
“I am looking forward to this British double race. We have had some difficult races so far but the team spirit is high and we know we can get back strongly if we all work together,” he said.
“On Sunday we are very competitive, we have shown that in each of the races so far, and if we put together a good qualifying we can be fighting for the top ten from lap one, so this has to be our objective going forward.
“We have seen in Austria that racing twice in the same venue gives some unique opportunities and we will be aiming to make the most of these two races.”
The team is currently P8 in the Constructors’ Championship, one point ahead of Haas and two clear of Williams.