Antonio Giovinazzi did not let Kimi Raikkonen overtake him in the final stages of last Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Why it matters: Alfa Romeo Racing drivers finished just outside the top 10 – Giovinazzi was 11th, while Raikkonen crossed the finish line 12th.
- The team admits that the situation with ignoring team orders is “not ideal”.
- Giovinazzi himself thinks that he was close to overtaking Esteban Ocon in P10.
What they had to say:
- “We asked to swap positions but then at this point Antonio was starting to pick up the pace and he himself decided that he wanted to stay ahead. Maybe that situation is a couple of laps that we potentially could have been faster as a team. Then it was just one more lap to catch Ocon,” the Alfa Romeo head of track engineering Xevi Pujolar commented.
- “For sure for the team it was not ideal. I did not understand very well why we could not swap at this point because also then when you have got both cars at the end we can change it back depending on the situation. It’s important to achieve the points, looking at how Kimi’s pace was strong at the time.”
- “Just a little bit too close to P10. One more lap and we would have been in the points. But we tried our best and unfortunately it is like this, and now we look forward to the next one,” Giovinazzi said.