Alfa Romeo made strides in Formula 1 last year, even reaching top five finishes with Valtteri Bottas. However, he could not keep up with the opposition in the “second pack” in terms of development speed and lost momentum to finish sixth among constructors.
Xevi Pujolar, the team’s director of engineering, explained to the website Motorsport.com that the gap is well recognized: ‘Closer to the summer break, the pace that [os outros] if they were making or making changes to the song it was a little higher than ours. I think we’ve been developing at the same pace, but we haven’t been able to deliver at the same pace. And that’s what we saw, our sets came a little later’.
With that in mind, the official emphasized that the goal of 2023 will be to accompany the opponents in all stages of development, to make good use of the solutions that have been resolved: “Our goal for the next season is to try to capture this aspect, we are more aware of the opponents. Because if we had progress this a little earlier, we would have benefited from it with more races, and it would have been better for our championship fight.’