Giovinazzi ignoring position swap order was “not ideal”, admit team · RaceFans


Alfa Romeo’s head of observe engineering Xevi Pujolar says he didn’t perceive why Antonio Giovinazzi refused to let his crew mate previous when advised to.

Giovinazzi ignored two directions to let Kimi Raikkonen go him throughout the latter levels of Sunday’s race. Raikkonen was considerably faster within the laps earlier than he caught his crew mate.

“We requested to swap positions however then at this level additionally Antonio was beginning to choose up the tempo and he himself determined that he wished to remain forward,” Pujolar defined. “And perhaps that scenario, this couple of laps, doubtlessly we might have been sooner as a crew.”

Each drivers closed on Esteban Ocon, who was struggling on badly-worn tyres, on the ultimate lap. Giovinazzi fell in need of passing the Alpine for the ultimate level by seven tenths of a second. “We wanted another lap to catch Ocon,” stated Pujolar.

“For certain for the crew that was not the not superb,” he added.

Report: Alfa Romeo fail to attain once more as Giovinazzi ignores order to let Raikkonen previous

Giovinazzi was unable to match’s Raikkonen tempo earlier than he was caught. If he had let his crew mate previous, Alfa Romeo would seemingly have stood a greater likelihood of scoring a degree.

Pujolar identified they might have swapped their drivers’ positions again once more if the prospect had arisen. “I didn’t perceive nicely why we couldn’t swap at this level as a result of additionally when we have now acquired each automobiles then we will change it again relying on the scenario,” he stated.

Alfa Romeo are ninth within the championship, seven factors forward of final place and 16 behind Williams. “For us it’s necessary to realize the factors,” stated Pujolar, who identified the crew solely made the decision to swap their drivers when it grew to become clear how the race was going to pan out because the observe dried.

“Initially of the race we didn’t actually focus a lot on who’s stronger, roughly each automobiles had been there. We had been managing, we didn’t know the way lengthy the situations would stay like this, so we didn’t need to put an excessive amount of stress or swapping positions and letting Kimi push arduous and run out of tyres too rapidly.

“So on that stage, we wished to have a little bit of house as a result of no one knew if it is going to be 20 laps, 30 laps or the entire race in inter[mediate] situation. However on the finish of the race, it was a special story. At that time, sure, we wished to swap place.”

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