For the second Grand Prix in a row, Antonio Giovinazzi out-qualified much more experienced team mate Kimi Raikkonen in France on Saturday. But now the Alfa Romeo man is on the hunt for something more important – his maiden world championship point...

    Unlike Raikkonen, Giovinazzi progressed to Q3 at Circuit Paul Ricard to qualify 10th, giving the Italian his best grid position to date – he qualified eighth in Azerbaijan but started the race 17th after penalties – which he plans to build on come Sunday.

    “Yes, it was a positive qualifying,” said a delighted Giovinazzi. “Top 10, I think I am really happy with this. Tomorrow will be a difficult race, starting with the soft [tyre], but we have good pace and hope we can also have a better result tomorrow.

    "We start from the top 10 - we need to be there for the rest of the race, have a good strategy, good pace and finally try to get this first point."

    Asked about again getting the better of his veteran Alfa colleague – and the man who lifted the 2007 drivers’ crown – Kimi Raikkonen, Giovinazzi added: “Yeah, it’s tough!

    “He’s still a world champion team mate and still really strong and fast, so I’m really happy with this, but important tomorrow to try and take finally this first point.”

    Antonio Giovinazzi: 'Now we need to get our first points'

    To score that first point, Giovinazzi will need to improve on his best race result to date by a single position – he took 11th place in Bahrain earlier in the year after starting 16th on the grid.

    As for Raikkonen, the Finn admitted a mistake on his part had been the difference between a place in the pole shoot-out and the Q2 elimination he suffered, on a weekend when Alfa Romeo have brought significant upgrades to their car.

    “We’ve brought some improvements, new parts, it’s improved – I just made a mistake in that last lap and that’s enough to cost [you], but that’s how it goes,” he commented. “We can at least choose the tyres that we want [for the race start], so it’s not too bad.”