Spanish Grand Prix – Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi struggled to take many positives from his Spanish race, after coming home a distant P16.
Neither Alfa driver had a good day on Sunday, with Kimi Raikkonen ruining his own race on the first lap by sliding off the track.
Having taken a penalty pre-race for a gearbox change, Giovinazzi started the race from P18 on the Soft tyre. He ran these for just six laps before changing to the Hard tyres in what seemed an attempt to get to the chequered flag with a very long final stint. However, the Safety Car intervention hampered any possible advantage to this strategy and he withdrew to the pits again on Lap 45 to take on the Soft tyres again. He came home in P16.
“It was just a bad day, a bad race for us.” said Giovinazzi afterwards. “The pace just wasn’t there, we need to check what happened. At least, in the other races, at least the race pace was there but there wasn’t any here.”
“We started the race from P18 and went with a bit of different strategy to try and gain some positions, in the end it didn’t work because the pace just was not there.”
“We need to check and Monaco is a very different track. We need to have a better package and a better result there.The midfield battle is tight and we have shown in the past we can be in this fight.”
Team boss Frederic Vasseur acknowledged that the former Sauber outfit struggled to be anything but the second slowest team in Spain, and said that they’re aiming for the two day test to help with rectifying their issues: ”It was a disappointing weekend where we never managed to express our potential. It is difficult to find some positives, as the first stint of the race was just a nightmare, but at least the last stint was the best part of the weekend.”
“Circumstances didn’t help and with Antonio’s grid position and Kimi falling to the back in the opening lap, our race was effectively compromised. I would say that today’s result belittles our real level: everything seemed to go against us this weekend, but it’s important for the two days of testing ahead that we honestly assess our performance and get back to where we stood so far this season.”