After a 2020 marketing campaign the place Alfa Romeo duo Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi struggled at occasions to make a lot of an impression within the midfield battle, the Swiss outfit was left extra inspired by its run in Bahrain.
The brand new C41 confirmed indicators of being a step ahead over its predecessor, and on the ultimate day of the take a look at Raikkonen was fourth quickest.
With Williams set to be locked in a combat with Alfa Romeo and Haas this 12 months in direction of the again of the midfield, Raikkonen’s kind did stand out for Russell.
“Kimi regarded very, very quick,” mentioned Russell about that last day efficiency.
“I’ve to offer him credit score. Though I must look deeper into the information, I might say in the intervening time they appear like probably the most stunning staff.
“I can not actually inform you the place I believe we’re compared, however on the face of issues, Kimi regarded very quick.”
Giovinazzi, who’s heading in to his third full season with Alfa Romeo, mentioned he was upbeat concerning the progress the staff had made.
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
“I’m pleased with the work performed in Sakhir,” he advised Autosport.
“Though they’re nonetheless exams, I imagine that the primary impression with the automobile continues to be necessary.
“Regardless of the tough situations with the wind and sand on the primary day, I by no means had any specific issues.
“In reality, even within the tough situations, the automobile proved to be secure and you might drive it with pleasure.
“I might say that it is a well-born venture, and we may be happy with the work of making ready for the season.”
Though F1 groups have battled to recuperate downforce misplaced this season on account of aero rule adjustments, Giovinazzi feels the brand new Alfa Romeo is definitely higher than final 12 months.
“The brand new rules and the brand new tyres goal to cut back efficiency, however I’ve to say that I’ve seen plenty of progress,” he defined.
“The entrance of the automobile is extra responsive, particularly within the low-speed sections, and on the whole the sensation is optimistic in all kinds of corners.
“The facility unit has improved too. It was a right away sensation, and this may undoubtedly give us a hand to get nearer to our rivals.”