Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi has stated that this year’s contender from the team, the C41 is “better” than last year’s backmarker, which saw the team get just 8 points in comparison to 57 in 2019.
Both of the team’s drivers, Antonio and veteran Kimi Raikkonen had a tough time making it out of Q3, putting the team at a disadvantage at the race weekends.
Over the course of the season, Antonio managed three top-10 results with Kimi finishing in point-scoring positions just twice. It seems however that this year there are signs of progress, with Raikkonen setting fourth fastest on the timing sheet in pre-season testing with the Italian finishing a second slower.
Talking about the car, he said: “I’m happy with the first feeling with the car,” t0 Sky Italia.
“Of course, it’s a bit too early to say anything but I’m happy with this start. We have a week now to analyse all the data to be ready for the first race.”
“In my opinion, yes, the car is better.“The power unit first of all is better. I can confirm that.
“The car behaved well also in tricky conditions as there was a lot of wind, and despite that, it was quite driveable. It confirmed what we saw in the simulator and in the wind tunnel.
“So, we are satisfied, now we just have to wait for the first qualifying to confirm what we saw.”
With the Italian resigning for a third season, he will be required to step up his game, since according to reports, Mick Schumacher is in the running to replace him at the Italian outfit.
“Every year is important,” he acknowledged. “I just have to focus on myself. I’m happy to keep working with Alfa and with Kimi.
“I worked really hard during the winter, as did the team. So, we are ready, now we need also a little bit of luck. We have to keep pushing and achieve good results.
“We hope as a team to be able to fight more times to enter in the top 10. So maybe enter more times in Q3, being closer to the top 10 in the race, without the difficulties of last year.
“So, to keep staying in the points zone all over the year.”