Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake endured a difficult weekend in the streets of Baku, with no points at the end of a challenging Sprint event. In the main Sunday race, Valtteri Bottas finished 18th, while team-mate Zhou Guanyu’s race ended prematurely with technical issues currently being investigated by the team.
A tough event for Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake: the team will need to regroup and make a decisive step forward to regain the competitiveness with which it had started the season. As Azerbaijan goes into the history books, Formula One moves to Miami for the final leg of this back-to-back next week.
Valtteri Bottas (car number 77):
It wasn’t a great race for us, and we were never in the mix for the points: we need to understand what happened and, most importantly, how to get back to being competitive. My race was hard initially: I had a contact in turn two. I was on the outside and hit from the left and behind, which left me with some damage. It was quite a long race after that: we tried to find a way back in, as anything can happen here, but eventually, there weren’t any chances to rebuild our race. We must improve our pace and do everything possible to move forward. We head straight to Miami now: it is a very different track from this. We will stay motivated and go for it again.
Zhou Guanyu (car number 24):
Quite the weekend to forget for us: it’s never nice to DNF, but realistically we didn’t have a chance to score points today. As a precaution, we needed to retire the car as we had rising temperatures and alarms on my dash. In general, it was a tough weekend for all of us. We need to understand the reasons for this and work hard, all of us, to make a step forward. I am confident this team can do that. I see it in the people here and at home. We will do all in our power to get back to where we expect to be and continue to improve.
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative:
This was a disappointing race, and it showed that, right now, our package is not competitive enough to score points. The priority for everyone in the team – here at the track and back at base – is to work hard and make the improvements necessary to get back where we expect to be. The field remains tight, and we can return to this battle, but we must deliver a step forward. We are all fully committed to this and will do whatever it takes to get there.