Antonio Giovinazzi is hoping for a change in fortune this weekend after an errant helmet tear-off cost him a points finish at Imola.Kimi Raikkonen in the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix when he was forced to pit due to rising brake temperatures. The team discovered a visor tear-off strip in one of his brake ducts, which deprived it of cooling.
“I feel we definitely haven’t reaped what we deserved in the first two rounds,” said Giovinazzi. “We have been terribly unlucky, especially in Imola where we would have been on course for ninth or tenth if it hadn’t been for a tear-off stuck in a brake.”
Giovinazzi had a luckless start to the season in Bahrain where he finished 12th behind Raikkonen after losing around seven seconds with a slow pit stop.
“We need to take the positives of those performances and use them as a spur to go one better in the next races,” he said. “We know we are in a very close fight and we know we can come home with some really good results if things go our way.”
Raikkonen’s penalty at Imola cost him a points finish and leaves Alfa Romeo yet to score after the first two rounds. Team principal Frederic Vasseur said the team needs a clean weekend to deliver its overdue first points score of the season.
“We approach this back-to-back with the confidence of being able to have a good performance and the determination to make up for the circumstances that prevented us from scoring in the first two outings of the season,” he said.
“We know we could have, and should have, had two cars in the points on merit last time out, but that is no consolation as the final result is all that matters. It is now time to turn performance into points. We know we need a spotless weekend to edge out the other teams in the midfield and we are determined to do just that.”
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