2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen chose not to make any bold predictions for the Alfa Romeo team. However, he noted that the Swiss-Italian team has made a step forward with their C39. Though he did admit that it is too early to predict whether Alfa Romeo can challenge the midfield battle.
The veteran Finn, got his first taste of the C39-Ferrari on Thursday. Raikkonen managed to rack up one hundred and thirty-four laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. In addition to that he recorded the fastest time on Thursday.
“For my first testing day, it was an ok one,” Kimi Raikkonen told the media. “The important thing is that everything seems to be working well, with no major issues.”
He revealed that he had a positive feeling from the car, even though it is still to early to tell. In spite of this, he still felt that Alfa Romeo made a decent step forward compared to 2019.
Teammate Antonio Giovinazzi further backed the 40-year old’s claims about the car’s development progress. The Italian driver took over driving duties from test and reserve driver Robert Kubica on Wednesday. He then had the car all to himself on Friday, and confessed that he earned more confidence the more he drove.
“I am pretty satisfied with our work, both today and in the whole of the week,” said Giovinazzi. “The first outings in a new car are a very exciting moment but you can’t really take your eyes off the main objective, which is to get good mileage and give the team the feedback they need.
The 26-year old revealed that he, Kimi Raikkonen and Robert Kubica did not face any issues. With this, he concluded by declaring that he was excited to participate in the second pre-season test in a week’s time.