Frederic Vasseur admits that Alfa Romeo Racing is fully focused on the development of the 2022 car, which is the right decision in his opinion.
Alfa Romeo Racing is currently 9th in the Constructors’ Championship with 3 points scored. The reason for such a result is the fact that the team is already working on the 2022 cars, which are set to be dramatically different due to new regulations. Team principal Vasseur thinks that in a long-term perspective, it is the right decision to sacrifice this year.
“I would love for the team to score more points,” he told Motorsport.com. “We’ve made some big efforts inside the team, but the main reason that we are losing a little bit in performance from the beginning of the season is because we decided to switch, from January, to 100 percent on 2022.
“When I see the updates from the other teams, even if they all say that they switched to the 2022 car, they have updates every single weekend!
“But when we took the decision I knew that if you switch 100 percent to the next year’s car, then you won’t develop the 2021 car. And that’s the case.
“But I think it was the right decision for us, because where we were last year, if we keep the same car and continued to invest and develop it, I’m not sure that it makes complete sense in terms of championship position.
“If you have a look at the gap to Toro Rosso [AlphaTauri] or Renault [Alpine], the gap is huge, but I’m really convinced that it was the right decision.
“We knew that there was an upside and a downside, but now you have to deal with the downside.”