Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN had a difficult day in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend after neither driver was able to secure any points.
Antonio Giovinazzi finished twelfth on the road, but found himself demoted to fourteenth after receiving a five-second penalty at the end of the race. His team-mate, Finland’s Kimi Räikkönen, finished seventeenth; the two men started seventeenth and eighteenth respectively.
“It’s been quite a difficult race” – Giovinazzi
Giovinazzi said he thought the race had gone well, considering the circumstances, but noted that he struggled with pace following the second stint behind the Safety Car.
“It’s been quite a difficult race but I think we did the most we could. I had a good start and made up a few places, gained another place with a very good pit-stop by the crew but after the second safety car I struggled with pace – and a five-second penalty meant I lost two more places at the end,” he said.
He added that he hopes they will be able to do better when they return to the circuit next weekend.
“We hoped to be a bit more competitive, so we will need to look at the data and improve what we can to make a step forward when we race here again next week.”
“I thought we would have a chance to fight” – Räikkönen
Räikkönen, in contrast, seemed disappointed that they weren’t able to fight for points after a strong start.
“Not the race we expected, by all means. At the beginning of the race I thought we would have a chance to fight, but after the stops our pace was not enough to keep up with the others.”
He said they will need to work out which areas of the car need improvement before next weekend.
“We’ll need to see how to improve our performance for next week’s race. In the final laps, I had a front wing failure, but that made no difference in the end. I am not sure what happened, we’ll need to look into that.”
“We weren’t able to make any more progress” – Vasseur
Team principal Frédéric Vasseuer was disappointed that they found themselves so close to a points finish.
“It was a disappointing Sunday. We looked good in the opening stages, climbing up to twelfth, just behind Ocon and Vettel and showing good pace.”
He went on to say that the stints on the hard tyre made it difficult to work their way through the field.
“We were looking on course for a good result until the stops, but in the end we weren’t able to make any more progress once we switched to hard tyres. With one more race here in Silverstone, we will need to comb through the data and find the best way to improve our performance for next week.”