Alfa Romeo F1 Boss Reveals Grim Reality of Ferrari’s Engine Compared to Mercedes & Honda

Published 08/09/2021, 9:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alfa Romeo Racing Team Principal Frederic Vasseur talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Alfa Romeo haven’t been performing to the levels they wanted this season. The Swiss-based team currently sit in ninth place in the constructors’ standings with just three points to their name.

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Team Principal, Frédéric Vasseur believes that due to Mercedes and Honda power units dominating the grid, they can no longer have an impact during a Grand Prix weekend.

Having a Ferrari engine at the back of his cars, Vasseur feels they are on the same level as Alpine. However, he doesn’t seem to lose hope and is optimistic that things will look better in the 2022 season.

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Alfa Romeo are not on the same level as Mercedes or Honda, says Vasseur

The team is having an underwhelming season, to say the least. And Vasseur feels that while they are far away from Mercedes and Red Bull at the moment, they can be on par with their rivals.

As quoted by Formula Passion, he said, “Honda and Mercedes are miles ahead of us. the Ferrari power unit at the moment is at the level of the Renault one, but we are very happy with the performance step that took place in 2021.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

“We are all optimistic and hopeful also for 2022, where a further leap in quality is expected. The bond with Ferrari has lasted for years and relations are excellent,” the French boss concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Can they redeem themselves in the second half of the season?

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In the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, the Swiss team only managed to secure one point, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen. However, they need to step up their game to salvage their season.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

With a tally of just three points, they at the bottom of the grid, in ninth place. Vasseur hopes that they can bag more points from the upcoming Belgium Grand Prix at Spa.

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Having an experienced lineup in the form of Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo hope to achieve a better result in the next round, to help their team to get ahead in the championship.

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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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