Alfa Romeo F1 Team Principal Calls Out Every Member of His Team to Do a Better Job for Progress

Published 08/19/2021, 12:52 PM 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


Going into the second half of the season with three points in the bag, Alfa Romeo haven’t had the best start to the season. They haven’t faced any catastrophic problems, but they have failed been able to keep pace with the rest of the grid. In a recent interview, team principal Fred Vasseur acknowledged the need for change.

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He told GPFans, “we have to improve on every single topic. The good mobility of a racing team is to be focused on our own job individually and to be convinced that we can do a better job tomorrow than today.” 

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Further, aiming to build morale and have the entire team focussed on winning, Vasseur hopes for better results in the second half.

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“It has to be the approach of the 500 people, including the drivers.”

Focusing on Alfa Romeo drivers

Antonio Giovinazzi has a point against his name, and Kimi Raikkonen has two. Although the cars perform well in qualifying, the results don’t reflect in Sunday’s race. As a result, Vasseur stated, “Every single team member could do a better job.”

Having fallen to ninth in the championship, ahead of Haas with no points, Frederic Vasseur feels like it’s up to him to push the team. “That is the purpose of my business, to try to get the best from everybody and to try to give the room for personal improvement, including the drivers.”

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Analyzing the performance of the drivers, he added, “For sure, it’s clear that Antonio is doing a good job in quali, better than Kimi so far, and I would say that it’s not completely the opposite, but roughly the opposite for the race.”

Additionally, he mentioned Raikkonen“We could expect to change the situation a little bit for Kimi, to help him do a better job in quali, to do a better race with him, with tire management, race management.”

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In fact, 2020 wasn’t a good year for the team, finishing with five points and eighth on the standings. So, Vasseur’s frustrations with the team are more than reasonable. Hopefully, we see the Swiss team climb up the points by the end of the season.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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