Alfa Romeo did not manage to score points at the Spanish GP either, but as Frederic Vasseur said: the team already made good progress, and it is on the right path.
It has not been an easy start to the season for Alfa Romeo, which seemed to have a good car after the pre-season testing, but still has zero points on the board. The team has not been very lucky, but in Formula 1, everybody knows that everything must be perfect.
Despite not being able of putting at least one car in the top ten, Alfa Romeo Team Principal, Frederic Vasseur, said that the team can fight in the midfield, and they are on the right path to score the first points of the season.
“Today was another race in which we proved we can fight with all the cars in our section of the midfield, but we came home with nothing to show for it. To end just outside the points in a race with just one car failing to finish shows we are in the right place to benefit from any trouble, but we know we have to still improve to make it into the top ten on pure merit. We don’t lose heart, we have made a lot of progress already, and we do not intend to stop now.”
After a huge mistake last week in Portimao, Kimi Raikkonen went close to scoring points in Spain, but only managed to bring home a P12. Despite that, he felt pretty happy with the performance.
“We did the best we could with a car that felt quite nice. I had a decent first lap, making up a few places, and then went for a long first stint. We were always planning for a one-stop, and I think the strategy was the best we could choose today. Unfortunately, we went close to the points once again but didn’t get anything out of the race. Only one retirement didn’t help us, but we need to keep working to find the little bit that is still missing.”
Finally, also Antonio Giovinazzi shared his thoughts about the race. Probably, the Italian has been the most unfortunate driver on the grid so far, as another problem during a pit stop compromised his race. However, he also admitted that the pace was not that bad, and he is already looking forward to the next race in Monaco.
“It was not an easy race, which was effectively compromised by the issue we had during the pit-stop. To lose all this time and a new set of tires was a blow, especially as I had to follow a delta behind the Safety Car and couldn’t catch up with the pack. After that, I tried to make up as much ground as possible, but with not much happening in front of me, 15th was as far as I could go. Our race pace wasn’t bad, but it ended up being a frustrating day: hopefully, Monaco will be better – I am looking forward to it already.”