Raikkonen: Alfa Romeo has made "a giant step ahead" since 2018

Raikkonen has joined Alfa, which takes the title of Sauber F1 entry after 5 years spent at Ferrari.

He drove the Sauber 2018 automotive in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi final 12 months and believes that there was some severe progress since then, after an encouraging first day of testing. Assessments in 2019 Monday in Barcelona.

"It's very constructive," mentioned Raikkonen, who completed fifth and accomplished 114 laps. "Straight away [we are] doesn’t do a lot with the automotive. [We just] attempt to do issues right here and there.

"It's actually very blissful. The blokes did an excellent job through the winter and we now have a piece bundle that we are able to work [with]. And we are able to get higher.

"All the pieces appears regular and after I [compare it to what I] tried on the finish of final 12 months, the Sauber, it's a giant step ahead."

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Alfa's return to the Formal F1 race began badly when Raikkonen fell into the gravel early within the evening and s & Is completed the identical method when he stopped on the monitor on the finish of the day with an unknown drawback.

Raikkonen joked that early it was as a result of "we by no means appear to be taught of winter".

"It's all the time onerous to begin with the chilly," he mentioned. "However aside from that, all the pieces went effectively. The automotive is de facto very constructive.

Frederic Vasseur, director of the Alfa crew, mentioned that Raikkonen's early flip had not compelled the crew to maneuver away from his preliminary race plan , though Raikkonen returned to the monitor 37 minutes after his flight. within the gravel.

"This type of day doesn’t essentially should be performance-oriented, an important factor is to respect the plan," mentioned Vasseur. "We had a transparent plan earlier than and we stayed there all day.

"Efficiency, I don’t imply it's irrelevant, however nobody is aware of the quantity of gasoline, the engine configuration, and so forth.

"We have to focus and keep targeted on what we do, on our work, not on comparability. Now we have 21 races for this. "

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C38

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Photos

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