Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is convinced his team are one of the biggest improvers in Formula 1 in 2021 following their performance in the season-opening race.eighth fastest team going into this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
Their rise up the competitive order has come despite losing pace as a result of rule changes that have made this year’s cars the slowest of the current generation of F1 machinery.
However Vasseur was cautious about their prospects at this weekend’s race. “We had a solid start of the season and that’s a good basis upon which to build, starting from this weekend,” he said.
“We have made a considerable step forward in performance, possibly one of the biggest across the field, and we are now in the midfield fight, but the top 10 is where you have to finish to bring home the points so that has to be our objective for Imola.”
The Alfa Romeo drivers qualified 12th and 14th in Bahrain, and finished 11th and 12th. Their most recent points score came at Imola last year, when Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth and Antonio Giovinazzi was 10th, but the team was slowest of all on pure lap time.
“Last year, we had our best result of the season here and we can take that as an encouragement, although we know the form we showed in 2020 is only a vague indicator of what we can expect this time around,” added Vasseur.
“We have seen how difficult it is to overtake around this circuit, so our Saturday performance will be crucial to make sure we get to the race in the best possible position to bring home points.”
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