Alfa Romeo "dug deep" after suffering "big blows" at Mugello
Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur believes the Tuscan Grand Prix underlined the resilience of his team after it suffered "big blows" early in the race.
Kimi Raikkonen sustained a heavily damaged floor and front wing after running into the back of Red Bull's Max Verstappen on lap one, while Antonio Giovinazzi was amongst four drivers involved in the pile-up at the safety car restart shortly after.
Raikkonen, though, managed to salvage his race by scoring his first points of the season with a ninth-place finish, although had crossed the line eighth only to serve a five-second time penalty for an infringement over his entry to the pit lane.
Hailing the efforts of his team, Vasseur said: "It was a very good result to get back in the points, although there is still the feeling we could have achieved more with a cleaner race.
"But it was a very tough afternoon in which many things didn’t go in our favour, and to bring home a top-10 finish shows the strength and resilience of this team.
You may also like..
"To see a big chunk of floor and a front wing come off Kimi’s car before the first lap was over, and to lose Antonio from the race at the restart were big blows, but we dug deep and did all we could to turn the weekend around."
Appreciating the efforts of Raikkonen, in particular, who still managed to achieve a credible result despite the damage, Vasseur added: "The very eventful race, and the fact Kimi was forced to drive a damaged car for the whole race, mean our progress was somewhat masked.
"But to be able to open a gap to our rivals big enough to almost nullify the penalty we suffered in the closing stages shows how much of a step forward we have made.
"We are definitely going in the right direction and we can take a lot of motivation from the result.”
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.