In the intervening time the Alfa Romeo workforce is in eighth place within the Constructors’ Championship. They’ve solely scored two factors to this point and are a substantial 23 factors behind their first rival Alpine. Fred Vasseur nonetheless thinks that some steps have been made.
In accordance with the workforce boss, the luck of drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi has not helped within the first races of the season. Dangerous luck and errors have prevented Alfa Romeo from getting higher outcomes, he believes.
“The standings do not actually present every little thing, as a result of I believe our efficiency has been way more optimistic than simply the 2 factors we have grabbed to this point,” the workforce boss instructed the positioning of Components Ardour. “As a workforce we’ve got made an enormous step ahead, perhaps the largest of any workforce on the grid in comparison with 2020. The info speaks for itself: in qualifying alone, the common hole to the pole place has decreased by about one p.c, whereas within the race we’ve got additionally made important progress, greater than half a p.c. On a grid the place the groups are shut collectively, it is a huge leap ahead.”
Alfa Romeo made errors too
Giovinazzi and Raikkonen have scored one level every to this point. Though Giovinazzi wins the qualifying battle, the Finn scores larger within the race. Vasseur admits that he can’t blame luck alone, however that errors had been additionally made.
“After all there have been some particular circumstances the place we might and may have completed higher, like Giovinazzi’s pit cease in Bahrain when he was driving within the factors or Kimi’s accident in Portugal. In lots of circumstances, nonetheless, it was out of our management. Antonio’s race in Spain, for instance, was ruined by an issue with the FIA‘s management system, which prevented him from becoming a member of the group beneath Security Automotive situations. Or I consider Kimi in Imola, when he was deducted two factors for a controversial penalty; or once more in Imola, when Antonio was slowed down by a torn visor that ended up within the rear brake duct. Such issues make a very good end result tough, as a result of there isn’t a room for error when the margins are so small. We’ve got to maintain working to enhance every little thing we’ve got beneath management and hope that destiny will resolve itself,” stated Vasseur.