Vasseur insists he's happy with Alfa's 'big step forward'

Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur believes that his team has made a big step forward in 2021, even... The post Vasseur insists he's happy with Alfa's 'big step forward' appeared first on F1i.com.

Vasseur insists he's happy with Alfa's 'big step forward'

Alfa Romeo boss Frederic Vasseur believes that his team has made a big step forward in 2021, even if this hasn't been fully reflected in the race results so far.

The Italian squad is yet to pick up any points in the first four races of the season, after Kimi Raikkonen's top ten finish at Imola was wiped out by a 30-second post race penalty for a rules infringement.

Raikkonen then crashed out of the following Grand Prix in Portugal when he ran into the back of his team mate Antonio Giovinazzi at the end of the first lap.

A daring tyre strategy saw the Finn running as high as fifth in Barcelona, only to end up just outside the points once again.

But Vasseur says than this year's improved Ferrari power unit has put Alfa Romeo back on the front foot again, and that the results were sure to come.

“Compared to last year, we have made a big step forward in terms of the pure performance of the car,” he told Motorsport-total.com this week.

“Last year at Barcelona we were 2.8 percent away from the fastest time in the first practice session," he pointed out. "This time it was 1.5 percent. That’s one and a half, even if the race pace is a different story.

“I’m not worried. As long as the pace is there, it will pay off at some point," he said, confident that the run of bad luck experienced by the team will turn sooner rather than later.

“You have to be in the right place at the right time, you have to avoid mistakes and maybe we are having a few problems getting it all together right now," he acknowledged.

Vasseur is also hoping for better things to come from Giovinazzi, admitting that it wasn't easy to be paired up with a former F1 world champion.

“It is certainly not easy next to Kimi," he agreed. "In the beginning he had a few problems finding his place, but he is becoming more and more confident."

So far this season, the 27-yer-old Italian's best result has been 12th place which he achieved at Bahrain and then again in Portugal where he crossed the line just behind Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

“Twelfth place is not our goal," Vasseur said. "But if we finish right behind Sainz in all races, I think we will also score!"

Giovinazzi's Spanish GP was wrecked by freak damage to the valve of one of his replacement tyres, resulting in a lengthy initial pit stop and an enforced change of strategy for the final stint of the race which saw him finish in 15th place.

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via and

The post Vasseur insists he's happy with Alfa's 'big step forward' appeared first on F1i.com.

Source : F1 i More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

Herta signs new IndyCar contract with Andretti

American driving sensation Colton Herta has signed a multi-year deal to stay in the NTT IndyCar Series with... The post Herta signs new IndyCar contract with Andretti appeared first on F1i.com.

Herta signs new IndyCar contract with Andretti

American driving sensation Colton Herta has signed a multi-year deal to stay in the NTT IndyCar Series with Andretti Autosport until 2023.

The 21-year-old driver from California romped to his fourth win in the championship last month with victory in last month's Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, his first on a street circuit.

“Colton has already shown so much potential in the short time he’s been in the series," team boss Michael Andretti said.

"If the start to the 2021 season is any indication of the future success for the #26 car’s program, I think we have a lot to look forward to over the next few years.”

“I’m incredibly happy to be back with Andretti Autosport for the next two years,” Herta said. “I’ve grown so much with this team.

"It was a no-brainer when I got the chance to re-sign with Michael," he added. "There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be threats everywhere we go.”

Herta has been strongly tipped as the leading driver from the United States to make the leap from IndyCar to Formula 1, which is actively seeking to promote American drivers into the Grand Prix paddock.

And despite this weeks' announcement of a new contract, Herta is keeping the door slightly ajar in case one of the top F1 teams comes calling.

"If I would get the call to go to Haas or something, it would be something I’d be interested in," he said at St Pete. "But only if it was from a Ferrari-backed program."

If it happened, it would likely be with the full backing of his current team. Former F1 world champion Mario Andretti recently declared that he was "pushing like hell for Colton" to make the transition to F1.

© IndyCar Media

"He’s very quiet and unassuming. He’s not pushy, but I see a quality there," the racing icon declared. "A Formula 1 quality."

Mario's son and race team manager Michael has previously said that he wouldn't necessarily block the move if the right F1 came calling for Colton.

“From a selfish standpoint, I’m hoping he drives for me for many, many, many years,” he told RACER magazine. “But then again, I don’t want to stand in his way.

“If a team like Ferrari calls him, I’m not going to stand in his way on it," he said. "But if one of the teams in last or second to last position in the championship over there calls, then I might say, ‘Yeah, I’d want to keep you here.’"

American-based F1 team Haas has denied that it's taken any concrete steps toward signing an American driver for future seasons, despite strong encouragement from F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

Herta will start today's GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis from eighth on the grid, with former F1 driver Romain Grosjean on pole position.

It's only Grosjean's third outing with Dale Coyne Racing since leaving Haas F1 at the end of 2020, following a huge accident in Bahrain.

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via and

The post Herta signs new IndyCar contract with Andretti appeared first on F1i.com.

Source : F1 i More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.