Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN had a tough day in Zandvoort as Zhou Guanyu finished 16th and Valtteri Bottas retired from the 2022 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix. A problematic weekend ended in disappointment in what was, for the neutral viewer, an incredibly thrilling afternoon of racing. The team will now return to action in next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, the team’s home race.
Valtteri Bottas (car number 77)
It’s always disappointing to end a race ahead of time. I felt the car’s pace was better than yesterday’s. We had kept progressing, even though it would have still been challenging to score points. The battle in the midfield was quite good, and there was plenty of action, but then we had a technical issue, and our race was over. I am waiting for confirmation, but I think it was a power unit issue: there was no sign prior to that, everything was feeling OK, and I suddenly lost power. I could see some flames in the back, so now we’ll have to see what we find there.
Zhou Guanyu (car number 24)
It’s been quite a tough race today, particularly towards the end, as we got slowed down a lot by all the blue flags. The late safety car also did not play in our favour, as there wasn’t much time left, and we put on used softs, which didn’t make it easy to charge up. It’s been a challenging weekend overall for the team, we’ve been clearly lacking something compared to the rest of the midfield, so we will have to work hard in these few days: we need to make sure to improve ahead of Monza next week and for the rest of the season, to try and get back to where we were, performance-wise, during the first races of the year.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal
It’s been a tough day at the end of a difficult weekend. We had been struggling to find pace but made some excellent improvements as we approached the race: unfortunately, we lost Valtteri for a suspected power unit issue, and Zhou’s race was compromised by a penalty for speeding in the pit lane. With the midfield as close as it is, anything but a perfect race means you’re missing out on the points, and this is precisely what happened. It’s been disappointing, but we have Monza next week, and hopefully, we will be able to put this one behind us and do well in front of that crowd. It’s a home race for us and our title partners, and we want to have a good one to get back on track.