Alfa Romeo did not have the very best race. Both cars finished outside the points and had mixed performances.
Kimi Raikkonen was close to a point but had to bury all dreams of points after a collision on the last lap with Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin). He started the race from P16 and worked his way up close to the points, but it wasn’t allowed to be in the end.
“It was a race in which the car was pretty ok, but we just lacked that little bit to be in the top ten. We had a first long stint on hards, then on mediums, we were able to catch up to the guys in front fighting for tenth. Alonso went past Russell, I went close, then had contact with Seb. We came together and that was it, in the end, it didn’t change the end result as we would have both fallen a bit short of the points.”
His teammate Antonio Giovinazzi did not have a better day. A penalty after his second pit stop forced him to make up ground in the race, which in the end didn’t turn out the way he wanted. The Italian finished the race in P14.
“A frustrating day: just as last week, our race was compromised on the first lap. I had contact with Esteban and had to pit we had a good pace afterward, but everyone was pretty close and it was very difficult to recover much. I got stuck behind a Williams, then even got a penalty – a weekend to forget. Hopefully, we can have a better race in Silverstone as the performance was not bad.”
The team principal, Frédéric Vasseur, still believes that the pace was good on the weekend. The disappointment after a 0-point finish for the team was big, but there are still positives after the weekend.
“Of course, it is disappointing to leave Austria with no points after two races in which our pace was good. We paid the price for a poor Saturday, as starting from 15th and 16th made our lives unnecessarily hard. Both cars had pace, as Kimi showed towards the end of the race, but the job at hand was just too big in the end. We can build on the positives, of course, but we will need to address the weak points as we attempt to make the final step towards the top ten in Britain.”