Another zero score for Alfa Romeo

Another zero score for Alfa Romeo

With fifteenth and sixteenth place Alfa Romeo leaves Japan empty handed. After a good start to the season, Fred Vasseur’s team rarely scores. Points were also hard to come by at Suzuka.

Valtteri Bottas, not exactly a rain master, crossed the line in fifteenth. In the last race he has been beaten by Guanyu Zhou, but in Japan Bottas was once again the best Alfa Romeo driver. Zhou went around and wasted a lot of time and went to the pits too late the middle. The Chinese driver set the fastest lap, but because he did not finish in the top 10, he was not awarded that mark.

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A difficult day, but positive

The drivers describe Sunday in Japan as difficult. The rain and the lack of visibility brought many risks, according to Bottas. “The first laps were very difficult, mainly because I couldn’t see anything. We had a good pace, especially when the track started to dry, but unfortunately it was difficult to pass.” The Finn leaves Japan without points, but with a positive feeling: “We were very close in Q3. We need a little improvement and we have to focus on that for the rest of the season. In Austin the team will come with improvements, so I hope we can have a good weekend then.”

Guanyu Zhou also sees the weekend on the positive side: “Even though we don’t have a win, it’s good to see that we are close and have a good pace. Besides, it was my first time at Suzuka and I learned a lot during the weekend. I went around at the beginning so I was last start restarting There were two options: stay outside and hope for more rain or go straight inside to the middle. I chose the first bet, but that turned out to be the wrong bet.” The bettor concludes on a positive note: “The improvements seem to be working, although we need to understand them better. We can hope for a good race in the future.”

Alfa Romeo is still sixth in the constructors’ championship, but Aston Martin has been making real progress in recent races. After the best sixth place for Vettel, the difference is only 7 points. So the last few races will be crucial for a good end to the season.

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