Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Singapore, 2019

Power cut cost Alfa Romeo almost an hour

2019 Singapore Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen revealed how a power cut severely disrupted Alfa Romeo’s start to the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

The electricity cut out in the team’s garage during the first practice session. Raikkonen said the delay cost the team almost an hour of the 90-minute session.

“I don’t know exactly [what happened,” said Raikkonen. “We lost power in the whole garage so everything went down. So obviously we had [nothing], couldn’t do anything.

“It took an awful long time to figure it out and get it back up and running. We didn’t manage to do many laps in the morning which was a shame but that’s how it is.”

Raikkonen ended the first practice session in 14th then slipped to 16th in the second session. He said he doesn’t have a good feel for his car yet. “Not really, but always [we] try to improve. For sure we have quite a bit of work to be done but hopefully we get it right tomorrow.”

The lost time was a particular setback for Antonio Giovinazzi, who is racing in Singapore for the first time.

“It wasn’t the easiest of days, especially losing some track time in [first practice],” he said. “But in the end we managed to do a good job in the second session.

“As I expected, conditions in the car are really hard and I really felt the humidity, especially in [second practice]. The track is a proper street circuit, quite bumpy, and it’s hard to find the grip in places, but it got better as the sessions went on.”

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  1. Fingers crossed they have enough matches for quali and race.

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