While for the top riders tomorrow’s Sprint Qualification could bring important satisfactions, with the concrete chance of earning some points in the world championship, the same will not be true for those who are in the second half of the grid. Without any chance of moving the standings, the back-grid teams will above all have to avoid running into problems that could compromise Sunday’s race. Well aware of this it is Antonio Giovinazzi, today 14th at the end of qualifying with his Alfa Romeo. Still capable of beating his teammate Kimi Raikkonen on the flying lap, the Italian dictated the course of action in view of tomorrow’s ‘short-race’.
2021 British GP Sprint Qualification: the starting grid
“Today was a pretty special day, but it was fun to have just one hour of practice and then go straight to qualifying – commented the Apulian driver – once again we were strong enough to enter Q2, but this was more or less the best we could do. We were a little too far from Q3 today. Let’s see how it will go tomorrow. The Sprint will be important ahead of Sunday and we are approaching it with a simple strategy. We want to gain positions on the first lap but try not to take too many risks. Making progress after the start won’t be easy without pit stops. But we can still aim to gain ground in the early stages“.
Similar spirit, but with the need to start from further back, for Kimi Raikkonen: “We were hoping to do better. Being out in Q1 isn’t great – recognized Finnish – there was nothing particularly wrong with the ride, but I just couldn’t get any more. Now let’s focus on the Sprint race. This is a new format, let’s see what we can achieve. We have to do our best and recover some positions as we did in previous races, to give us a better chance on Sunday “.