Frédéric Vasseur, the Team Principal of the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN squad, says finishing eighth in the Constructors’ Championship is important to the Hinwil-based team, and they will be doing everything they can across the last four races to ensure this happens.
Alfa Romeo have scored only eight points throughout the 2020 season so far, four points each for Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, but that is enough to see them place ahead of both the Haas F1 Team and Williams Racing.
They are well adrift of the rest of the pack, but Vasseur insists there is a never give up spirit within the Alfa Romeo camp, and they will be giving it there all in the remaining Grand Prix of the season.
“Eighth place is important,” said Vasseur to German publication Auto Motor und Sport. “We are racers and want to beat our direct opponents.
“This attitude and this motivation are the key to the future. We must never give up. There is also a lot more money in the future for eighth place.
“That’s why you always have to lead your group so that you are there when there are points [available]. There is no point in being ahead six times and rewarding you with thirteenth place, and then when it comes down to it you just watch.”
Vasseur also downplayed any suggestion that Scuderia Ferrari have the definitive say in who will drive one of the Alfa Romeo cars each season following the announcement that Räikkönen and Giovinazzi will both stay with the team for 2021.
There had been plenty of rumours that Mick Schumacher would be brought in to replace Giovinazzi, particularly when the German was chosen to run a free practice session with the team in the Eifel Grand Prix, but despite this, they will run an unchanged line-up next season.
“We have a good working relationship with Ferrari,” insists Vasseur. “Therefore, the driver issue is a shared decision. Nothing is pressed on us.
“We have an open discussion with Ferrari and the drivers. The driver has to fit in with the team and feel comfortable here.”