Canadian Grand Prix – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi says that his team needs to find an answer for their recent lack of pace after another bad weekend for the team.
Alfa Romeo left Canada without any points again, meaning they are now P9 in the Constructor’s Championship. While Kimi Raikkonen’s race unraveled after some debris ended up in his brake ducts, it hadn’t been looking promising up to that point anyway.
On the other side of the garage, Antonio Giovinazzi was lucky to survive a Turn 2 touch with Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon but did suffer some minor damage. A lack of pace, combined with a length time delay due to a spin at Turn 2, meant that Giovinazzi came home in P13 – one of three men yet to score any points in 2019.
“Finishing in P13 is quite a disappointment, especially since we thought we had the speed to make up some places in the race.” he said afterwards.
“[It] was just a difficult race. We started with the hard tyre and that was good, but I had an issue at Turn 1 when I spun. We’ve to check what happened there but after that, the pace wasn’t really there. Not much to say…P13.”
“The pace wasn’t really there, easy as that.”
This marks the third consecutive weekend where Alfa Romeo have struggled for any sort of pace, after a promising first four races. Getting the tyres working seems to be a major challenge for the team at the moment, and the Italian driver says: “We need to find a solution because we appear to lose our competitiveness on Sunday and that is really hurting us.”
“We need to check everything, study a lot, and try to find a solution.”
Team boss Frederic Vasseur says that tyre performance is their main area of focus at the moment and this, coupled with some upcoming updates, should allow the team to recover some form: “We are working hard to understand the performance of the tyres and we’ll make the most of the developments we have lined up for the next few races. I am confident we can recover the speed we showed earlier in the season and get back in the fight for points.”