Alfa Romeo Team Principal, Frederic Vasseur, believes that the team is finally back into the midfield battle even though it did not manage to score points in Bahrain.
The 2020 season was not an easy one for Alfa Romeo. It only managed to score eight points, finishing only eight in the championship in front of Williams and Haas.
However, already during the pre-season testing, the new car built by Alfa Romeo seemed to be a lot quicker than its predecessor. The car presented a new livery, but most importantly a revised front wing with a narrower nose. Moreover, the improved Ferrari engine is helping the team as well.
The potential of the C41 was confirmed by Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi during the three days of testing in Bahrain. What is more, the team was right outside the top ten in Bahrain, and Vasseur believes that results are just a matter of time.
“Tonight gave us a strong indication of the progress we have made in the last 12 months,” said Vasseur after the race.
“We raced with authority, leaving the Alpines and an Aston Martin behind us and finishing on the tail of the other Aston.
“Even though we leave Bahrain with no points, we do so have reclaimed our place in the midfield – and results will surely come soon. We demonstrated to be able to fight in and around the top ten, and we can look with optimism to the rest of the season.
“It was an eventful race, even though the low attrition rate – just two retirements – meant we had our work cut out when aiming for a place in the points.
“We take a lot of positives, however, knowing we can go to the next race in Imola, in two weeks, ready to battle again for a place in the top 10,” he added.
Giovinazzi admitted that finishing the race in P12 was the best result he could achieve. However, he is happy to see that the team improved so much.
“I think today what we did was the maximum we could,” the Italian said. “AlphaTauri is still too fast for us, but we need to be happy because compared to last year we improved a lot.
“We are much closer to Alpine, to Aston Martin. So yeah, I think we can have more fun today.”
Finally, the Italian said that if he did not have a problem during his first pit-stop, he could have ended the race in front of his teammate, but anyway, it would have been impossible to score points.