After a disappointing weekend in Britain, Kimi Raikkonen stated that the team needs to “wake up” and do something to improve the performance of the car.
Raikkonen did not manage to enter inside the top ten at Silverstone. He also battled against Sergio Perez to keep the tenth position but a spin during the fight made all his hopes fade away.
Raikkonen and his teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, only collected a total of two points in 2021, which is not ideal for Alfa Romeo. Something that needs to be taken into account is that the team stopped developing the car some weeks ago, and being competitive now is not easy.
Raikkonen showed all his frustration on the radio after the end of the race when his engineer said that he could have finished in the points without the spin.
“Maybe, or maybe we need to make the car fast, it’s simple,” he replied. “It’s impossible to fight against them. Same this, same that, and try to fight with the other cars. Come on, we’ve got to wake up and do something.”
“We kind of expected it was not going to be an easy race for us here and that’s how it turned out to be,” he said to Motorsport.com. “After the start, we were pretty OK, but the longer we go, the more I’m watching in the mirrors more than forward.
“We tried to fight, but it wasn’t enough here. Maybe at some other track we can be a bit better off, but you know, what can you do?”
Raikkonen also spent some words about the battle against Perez, saying that even though the Red Bull car is faster, he managed to keep the Mexican behind for quite some time.
“I think over the race we had some battles, and they were a lot faster. But I managed to keep him behind quite a long time.
“And in the end, we were a couple of corners next to each other and then I was outside the previous corner, inside the next, and I don’t know, maybe he didn’t see me, but I ended up spinning and that’s about it.
“I was OK there and then suddenly he just turned in and then I went. But I’d much rather fight for the position. Finishing 11th or 12th doesn’t help us.”
To conclude, Xevi Pujolar, Alfa Romeo’s head of track engineering, admitted that the team is not competitive enough to regularly finish in the top ten at the moment.
“We knew again that we would be fighting close to the points,” said the Spaniard. “And then if something happened in front we can get quite close. But we’re missing a bit more.
“We tried to go on the aggressive side with Kimi, boxing quite early, but we needed a bit more pace to get close to the points in the middle of the race.”