Frédéric Vasseur is confident that the team can ‘bounce back’ on a special weekend for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN despite a disappointing result at the French Grand Prix that saw neither driver finish in the top ten.
Alfa Romeo are celebrating their 111th birthday this weekend, and on Thursday, it was unveiled that the team will be sporting a tribute on the livery of the C41 cars of Antonino Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.
Vasseur, team principal of Alfa Romeo, hopes the team can return to scoring points, especially on such a special weekend, and believes that the pack will be close together due to how short the circuit is.
“We head to Austria with the confidence we have what it takes to get back on track after France: we had been on an upwards path and we’re aiming to bounce back immediately and get back to scoring ways, and to do so on a special weekend for Alfa Romeo would be even more important.
“On such a short track, the field will be even closer: every detail will matter and we will need to ensure we deliver our best in every aspect as this is what it will take to come away with a good result.”
Formula 1 travels to Red Bull Ring as it set to host back-to-back races for a second consecutive year, starting with Styrian Grand Prix this weekend before Austrian Grand Prix, and Vasseur believes the first Grand Prix will be useful in collecting information and conditions about the track.
“The second race, as we have seen last year, will be very peculiar: we will have a lot of data from the first weekend, but the conditions and the starting points will be very different, so there will be the need to adapt to the circumstances and get the best out of them.”