Giovinazzi ignoring team orders could have cost Alfa Romeo down on points in Turkey – Pujolar
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN could have scored points on Sunday Turkish Grand Prix had Antonio Giovinazzi obeyed team orders to allow a teammate Kimi raikkonen until the end of the race, according to the track engineering manager Xevi Pujolar.
Giovinazzi finished eleventh and Räikkönen twelfth after the Italian failed to allow the Finn to take the lead despite the 2007 World Champion’s better pace at the time of the call.
Less than a second separates Giovinazzi from tenth place Esteban Ocon at the checkered flag, with Räikkönen finishing on his tail, making the task even more painful for Alfa Romeo, which currently sits ninth in the Manufacturers’ Championship with just seven points to its name.
“We asked to change positions, but at this point Antonio was starting to pick up the pace and he himself decided he wanted to stay in the lead.” Pujolar said on Formula1.com. “Maybe this situation represents a few laps that we could potentially have been faster as a team. There was only one lap left to catch up with Ocon.
“Of course for the team it wasn’t ideal. I didn’t quite understand why we couldn’t trade at this point, because also when you have the two cars at the end we can change them depending on the situation.
“It’s important to get the points, as Kimi’s pace was strong back then.”
“Finishing in P11 and P12 is always frustrating” – Frédéric Vasseur
Frédéric VasseurAlfa Romeo Team Principal admits it was frustrating not to score points in the Turkish Grand Prix, even though both drivers showed good pace in difficult conditions throughout the event .
Vasseur felt the team were running out of laps to grab the points despite the pace of the top two C41-Ferraris in the field, Giovinazzi coming extremely close to the top ten on the final lap.
“The team had a very solid race, with a good pace and the two drivers ahead of Ricciardo, Russell, Alonso and others on merit”, said Vasseur. “After yesterday’s difficult qualifying, we got off to a good start with both cars and that gave us the points.
“The conditions were not the easiest, but the two drivers kept their cool and gradually got closer to the top ten: in the end, we were among the fastest cars on the track and could overtake Ricciardo, but we We were only one lap away from catching up and passing Ocon for the last point.
“Finishing in 11th and 12th place is always frustrating, we were close to finishing two races in a row in a row, but we’ll take that as an encouragement ahead of Austin.”