Alfa Romeo did not manage to score points in France, and despite finishing ahead of one of the Ferraris, Antonio Giovinazzi admitted he was not happy about the race pace.
The Italian qualified in P13, missing Q3 by not much. However, during the race, the story was completely different. He could not find the pace to gain positions, and in the end, he only concluded the Grand Prix in P15. After the poor performance at Paul Ricard, Giovinazzi wants Alfa Romeo to understand why they struggled so much.
“It was generally a difficult race,” Giovinazzi said. “With the hard tire, the first stint was tricky, also with the medium, so the pace was not there. I think it was impossible to try and be in the top 10. We need to focus a little bit more to try and check everything from the race and try to be stronger at the Red Bull Ring.”
Kimi Raikkonen as well struggled a lot in France. He felt the car was not quick enough on the hard tires, but he was a bit happier with the stint with the medium compound.
“We made a decent start but after that, it was surprisingly difficult for the tires,” Raikkonen said. “It looked like everybody had difficulties with the tires, especially with the hard. You expected them to last better, so when we put the mediums on we were so far back that even though they were not too bad, we were already too far.
“I think the pace was okay when the tires were fine, but for some reason, the front tires, if you look at most of the cars, they all seemed to have had similar issues. One thing was that the wind direction changed and in some corners, it made it much more difficult than at any other time of the weekend, and it also rained in the morning. But I was a bit surprised how easily the tires disappeared.”
Before France, Alfa Romeo had scored points both in Monaco and in Baku. Therefore, Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal of the team, felt disappointed after the race.
“After two good races in the points and a promising qualifying, the race was a rather difficult afternoon for the team,” Vasseur said. “We made some progress at the start, but unfortunately our choice to go for a reverse strategy didn’t pay off. We started on hards but got caught in a lot of traffic and that cost us quite some time.
“In the second part of the race, we weren’t able to maximize the potential of the medium tires as we had to deal with all the blue flags, so we couldn’t make up any ground. We will learn from this, of course, and come back stronger for the doubleheader in Austria.”