Alfa Romeo crew principal Frederic Vasseur is satisfied his crew are one of many greatest improvers in System 1 in 2021 following their efficiency within the season-opening race.
Whereas the crew had been 1.2 seconds slower in Bahrain in comparison with final yr, this was higher than every other crew bar Ferrari managed. Alfa Romeo are the eighth fastest crew going into this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
Their stand up the aggressive order has come regardless of dropping tempo because of rule adjustments which have made this yr’s automobiles the slowest of the present technology of F1 equipment.
Nonetheless Vasseur was cautious about their prospects at this weekend’s race. “We had a stable begin of the season and that’s an excellent foundation upon which to construct, ranging from this weekend,” he mentioned.
“We now have made a substantial step ahead in efficiency, presumably one of many greatest throughout the sector, and we at the moment are within the midfield battle, however the high 10 is the place you need to end to carry house the factors in order that needs to be our goal for Imola.”
The Alfa Romeo drivers certified twelfth and 14th in Bahrain, and completed eleventh and twelfth. Their most up-to-date factors rating got here at Imola final yr, when Kimi Raikkonen completed ninth and Antonio Giovinazzi was tenth, however the crew was slowest of all on pure lap time.
“Final yr, we had our greatest results of the season right here and we are able to take that as an encouragement, though we all know the shape we confirmed in 2020 is barely a imprecise indicator of what we are able to anticipate this time round,” added Vasseur.
“We now have seen how troublesome it’s to overhaul round this circuit, so our Saturday efficiency might be essential to ensure we get to the race in the absolute best place to carry house factors.”
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