“To have a ninth place is really deserved” – Antonio Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi was one of the pilots of the day at the very first Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia, after scoring two precious points in the Jeddah Corniche Tour with a ninth place. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen did not have as much success in Grand Prix, the veteran Finnish crossed the line in fifteenth.

Giovinazzi’s streak that had just finished out of points finally ended in Saudi Arabia, having run most of the race in points. The Italian made brilliant passes in what was an attacking display but controlled by the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN driver. The Italian could have finished seventh, without both The Scuderia Ferrari which were just too fast for the Alfa Romeo rider.

Giovinazzi was really happy with the result of this physically demanding race.

“I’m really happy with tonight’s race – not just the result, but the overall performance. We were already strong in qualifying yesterday, and today we managed to avoid trouble in the chaos: we always gained ground in the starts and we had the pace to stay in the top ten, even if at the end the two Ferraris were too fast for us.

“It was a tough race, very physical – it reminded me of Singapore at times, with the heat and humidity – but in the end we have a great reward to show for that. We have finished just outside the points so many times in 11th place, so having a ninth place is really deserved. I can’t wait to be in Abu Dhabi and fight for another good result to end the season well.

“I tried to take the corner but we touched” – Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Räikkönen’s Grand Prix was certainly eventful, the 2007 World Champion engaged in a great battle with his veteran compatriot Sebastian vettel. Sadly, the duo’s battle ended in tears as the duo collided at Turn 4 after two in one, they just wouldn’t go!

The Finnish driver tried to get around the outside of the German who rushed into the turn, the duo collided causing damage to both cars. After the collision, Räikkönen could not go back, who had to settle for fifteenth place.

Räikkönen thought his pace was correct and the incident with Vettel was unfortunate, there is only one race left in Räikkönen Formula One career.

“It was an eventful race, especially with all the restarts and the first laps. Our pace wasn’t too bad and we could have fought for the points, but once I took damage from Vettel it was really tough. There wasn’t much in there, we were going side by side, I tried to take the corner but we touched. It completely ruined my run, there was no way to get back from there.

Credit: Florent Gooden / DPPI

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