Antonio Giovinazzi without radio from the team of round 1 in Sochi


Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo had / suffered a very quiet Russian Grand Prix as his radio broke in the first lap.

At a time when the Italian desperately needs good results in the race with his seat for 2022 very threatened, this abnormal radio failure came at the wrong time.

In a low-key race, it’s hard enough without radio communication, but in Sochi there were cars out of position, lots of overtaking and even heavy late rains for Giovinazzi to deal with.

Ultimately he would cross the P16 line, the position where he started after taking a grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Speaking to reporters about his post-race start, Giovinazzi said: “I had some contact, I don’t know who with turn 2, and I lost a bit of position there.

“And then I didn’t have a radio from the first round, so no communication with the team, and that didn’t help in these conditions.”

Progressing through the midfield peloton was difficult, as Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas found out, while Giovinazzi was also stuck on that DRS train.

“It’s always difficult to overtake so I lost a lot of time there,” he admitted.

“Then when I was in the free air the pace was good, but we just lost a lot of laps. Just a tough race from the first lap to the end.

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For Giovinazzi’s teammate Kimi raikkonen it was a more positive afternoon, marking his comeback after two away races with an 8th place finish, only his second score on Sunday of the season.

This is a result which he says was made possible by the “right call” to switch to mid-size tires when the rain fell.

“I would much prefer to be a little higher, but overall we got off to a good start and gained a few positions and then we followed the Alpine for most of the race,” he said.

“I felt the car was behaving well, but we are a bit too slow to really improve. I felt I had more speed, but when the straights opened up I had no pace to pass.

“Then luckily we made the right decision, I felt it was already too wet and we were one of the first to come and change the tires, and it paid off in the end.”

When asked if his rally experience was useful in those wet conditions with slick tires, Raikkonen replied: “No not really, I think our car is generally not the best in wet conditions.

“But luckily we stopped at the right time and then we had decent speed in the last two laps and I managed to overtake some cars. “

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