Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas began the Hungarian Grand Prix from eighth place on the grid. His teammate Guanyu Zhou began the race from P12. However within the first spherical, the 2 misplaced 5 locations every. Alfa drivers can not get well this deficit. Though Bottas even scratched the highest ten for a short while, a technical fault finally slowed him down fully. He needed to cease his automobile on lap 68 and activate the seen security automobile. Zhou completed with out factors in thirteenth place.
“A number of seconds earlier than the tip of the race I needed to cease the automobile due to a technical drawback,” mentioned Bottas. “I simply misplaced a drive, we do not know the small print but. In fact it is unlucky and we are going to examine with the group, however the conclusion of the factors was not reached at the moment.”
Alfa Romeo chief engineer Xevi Pujolar can reveal extra particulars concerning the technical defect in Hungary: “We had a technical drawback within the gas system, which we’re at present investigating. This isn’t the case. The issue got here out with out warning. . Going to Lap 68 every little thing was nice. Then we noticed it within the knowledge and Valtteri broadcast that he misplaced energy. So we needed to cease shortly.”
One place: A strategic mistake at Alfa Romeo?
However even with out the technical flaw, the Hungarian Grand Prix has been a problem for Alfa Romeo. “At this time was troublesome, like in France,” admits Bottas. “The heavy tires weren’t nearly as good as we hoped. We tried anyway, considering it was the very best technique for us. Sadly, it wasn’t.”
Alfa Romeo had deliberate a method to cease one in every of their two automobiles. Bottas pulled this off. He switched from medium to strong tires on lap 26. After that, he did not soar once more till he stopped. Zhou, however, additionally gave up on the hards within the twenty seventh spherical. Nevertheless, because the one-stop technique didn’t work, he pitted once more on lap 51 for tender tyres.
“Our plan for at this time’s race did not work,” regrets Zhou. “We misplaced a number of positions within the first few laps. As well as, one cease technique did not work and I needed to make one other pit cease. Because of this, I ended up on the finish of the sphere. That was irritating and I had my probabilities for good outcomes. We nonetheless had a powerful tempo at this time and we needed to qualify somewhat.”
Nevertheless, Alfa Romeo’s chief engineer sees no fault within the plan. “Our plan was to do what Alpine did in the long run,” says Pujolar. Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso caught to the identical place and made it to the factors with each automobiles. “This plan was appropriate, we simply misplaced loads of positions at first. Now we have to work for that,” mentioned the chief engineer.