While Alfa Romeo failed to score in Bahrain, Giovinazzi is optimistic they will be more competitive this year0
“I think what we saw in the test we confirmed also here in race one,” he said. “We are much closer to Q3.”
Giovinazzi was 12th in Q2, less than a tenth of a second away from beating Lance Stroll into Q3. He finished in the same position on Sunday, one place behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
“We are confident we have a better car and better power unit as well and we can have fun this year to try to score more points compared to last year,” Giovinazzi added.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
Smolyar leads day one of F3 test
ART’s Alexandr Smolyar was quickest in the first day of Formula 3 testing yesterday, lapping the Red Bull Ring in a best time of 1’18.894. Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar was second for Carlin ahead of another ART driver, Frederik Vesti, and another Red Bull junior, Jak Crawford, for Hitech.
Juan Manuel Correa placed 14th for ART as he continued preparations for his return to racing this year.
"I was pretty much driving with one hand. I did try and drive the week after doing it but couldn’t, so I had some work done on my hands, some lasering, and that meant that I could drive, thankfully. However, because of that, we were only able to do one day of the F3 tests."
"Their first race as team mates was in front of Fangio’s home fans, the temperature at the Buenos Aires autodrome topping 100 degrees at the start of the opening round of the 1955 world championship series. Fangio won, driving solo, but even he needed a pit stop lasting three minutes to cool himself down while drinking several litres of lemonade."
Born on this day in 1958: Christian Danner, who made his F1 debut with Zakspeed in 1985. He later drove for Osella and Arrows, and scored a remarkable fourth place for Rial at Phoenix in 1989, his last year in the sport.