A disappointing Austrian Grand Prix put a disappointing end to the triple header for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team, where Antonio Giovinazzi finished fourteenth and Kimi raikkonen sixteenth.
Giovinazzi still lived through a torrid period in Red bull ring, the Italian had to return to the pit at the end of the first lap, after hitting Esteban Ocon which only brought out the races from the safety car. Giovinazzi then received a five-second penalty for overtaking the exact same safety car, putting an end to any hope of saving a good result for the Italian.
Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had a pretty good race until the last lap. The 2007 world champion was in a great battle for tenth place with George Russell, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in the last laps. Drama hit Räikkönen on the last lap as he collided with Vettel at turn five as the Aston Martin driver passed him for the twelfth. Räikkönen had no idea where Vettel was and speared them both in the gravel.
Räikkönen managed to get out of the gravel trap and cross the finish line in sixteenth place. The Finnish driver received two penalty points for causing the collision on the last lap.
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur is disappointed to leave Austria without any points earned in either Red Bull Ring race.
“Of course, it’s disappointing to leave Austria without points after two races where our pace was good. We paid the price for a bad Saturday, because going from the 15th to the 16th made our life unnecessarily difficult. Both cars had the pace, as Kimi showed towards the end of the race, but the task at hand was just too much at the end. We can of course build on the positives, but we’ll have to tackle the weak spots as we try to take the final step towards the top ten in Great Britain. “