Alfa Romeo think they can still overtake Williams

Kimi Raikkonen during the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

After being overtaken by Williams in the constructors’ championship, Alfa Romeo will do everything they can to claim their position back. Head of trackside engineers Xevi Pujolar thinks it will be possible, though difficult.

Nicholas Latifi and George Russell were greatly helped by the first lap chaos of the Hungarian Grand Prix to claim their first points since the 2019 German Grand Prix and Robert Kubica’s P10 performance. Following Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification, the Grove-based team made another massive leap forward in the championship standings, claiming as much as 10 points instead of 6.

Alfa Romeo and their 3 points were therefore overwhelmed by the performance of their British opponents. Although the Hungarian Grand Prix will remain a hard pill to swallow for the Italian manufacturer, that expected to score at least one point before both Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were penalized, Pujolar thinks everything is still possible during the second half of the season.

“After the first lap, when we had this big crash incident in Lap 1, the positions that [Williams] had and even [though] we did a decent result in qualifying, we wanted to have both cars in Q2, we wanted to have both cars in front of the Williams so we achieved that and said: ‘OK we are very well positioned’,” Pujolar said. 

“And after Lap 1 everything was just gone.”

“Still, we had a chance even though they [the Williams] were both ahead. But both of our cars had a penalty so that was even more challenging. Now the difference in points is not huge and we still have a lot of races to do, so I think we can do that.”

“It will be not easy, but I think it’s possible [to overtake Williams in the constructors’ standings] and we’ll try. I think at the end of the day it could have been much worse from where they were at the beginning so I’m still happy.”

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