Alfa Romeo is looking for a solution to their struggles on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The team experienced a bad start for both Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu, with both drivers struggling to get off the first lap and maintain a good grip through it. The Finnish then fell to P14 while Guanyu did to P19.

“We’re still facing some issues with the start with this new car,” trackside engineering director Xevi Pujolar said after the race. “It’s something that we thought we made some progress, but still we are having a problem on this area.

“Both cars experienced a very poor start,” he explained. “Then not only the start but also trying to get grip and avoiding incidents during lap one.

“So that one definitely is an area that we’ll have to take some actions and try to understand a bit more, see how we can solve it, or try to mitigate as much as possible for the next week because we don’t have so many days.

 “It’s something that we see that we’re not the only ones who are experiencing these kinds of issues. But [in Bahrain], for us, it was worse.”

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