Alfa Romeo Criticize Belgian GP Result Leaving Them With Huge Deficit to Williams F1

Published 08/30/2021, 11:17 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron


Alfa Romeo had a disappointing race at the Belgian Grand Prix. The race was abandoned after a few laps behind a safety car around Spa, which meant their drivers did not get an opportunity to improve on their qualifyings. The top-10 drivers were awarded half points, but the Swiss-based outfit finished in the bottom half, and seize zero points. Owing to George Russell’s P2 start, their rivals, Williams took home ten points.

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Hence, it is no surprise they weren’t all happy with the result of the “race.” While they feel disappointed that the loyal fans did not get to witness an exciting race, they agree that it wasn’t safe to do so.

Alfa Romeo isn’t happy with the result at Spa

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Teams were eager to go and kick off the second half of the season in spectacular fashion. However, the showers at Spa first delayed, and then forced the FIA to suspend the race altogether. This was heartbreaking for teams and fans who had been waiting to go racing. However, instead of having completed the race under the safety car, the Swiss-based outfit state they should not have gone ahead with the so-called “race.”

They wrote on Twitter, “The decision not to race in these conditions was the right one, in the interest of protecting the safety of the drivers, the marshals, and the spectators themselves.”

“However, the situation would have been dealt with a lot more appropriately by not having at all the ‘race’ we witnessed yesterday: this outcome hurts us all, but in particular it hurts fans of the sport, who didn’t get the show they came to see.”

“We hope lessons were learnt yesterday, lessons that will improve the way we operate in the future and that put the supporters of our sport in the position they deserve to be. Once again, our genuine thanks go to all the fans – you were the ones to truly shine yesterday in Spa,” it explained.

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How did the race pan out for the team?

Kimi Raikkonen qualified nineteenth for the race while his Italian teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, took sixteenth on the grid. Hence, both the drivers were hoping to redeem themselves in Sunday’s race.

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However, with the conditions around the track, the race got delayed. But after a lap around Spa under the safety car, the race was called off as the conditions hadn’t improved.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Both drivers gained a few places, as others were given penalties. However, they hadn’t made it into the top-10 and had to leave the Belgian Grand Prix empty-handed.

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With their next race in just a week’s time, at Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix, the team will be hoping for a fair race, and aim to seize some points this season?

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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