Alfa Romeo ‘f***ed up’ Q2 in Australia rues Vasseur

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Alfa Romeo ‘f***ed up’ Q2 in Australia rues Vasseur

Regardless of Alfa Romeo’s points-scoring end on the Australian GP, Fred Vasseur continues to be smarting after they “f***ed up” qualifying.

Valtteri Bottas took to the Albert Park circuit for Saturday’s qualifying with a 103-race streak of Q3 appearances going again to his first very season with Mercedes.

It resulted in Melbourne.

The Finnish driver completed qualifying twelfth quickest, lacking out on a Q3 berth by nearly three-tenths of a second, whereas his team-mate Zhou Guanyu was solely P14.

It was a case of what may have been as Bottas was sixth quickest in Q1 with the motive force later saying the crew “lacked a little bit of one-lap tempo” having taken the “resolution to prioritise” their set-up for the race.

Vasseur continues to be smarting over that double Q2 exit.

“It was a step again in qualy, I feel we f***ed up the Q2,” the Alfa Romeo crew boss advised Motorsport.com. “However Q1 was superb. We had been P6.”

That call to prioritise race set-up finally paid off on the Sunday with Bottas, regardless of having to take care of an over-aggressive Lance Stroll, raced his technique to eighth place.

“The race tempo was mega,” Vasseur mentioned. “The problem is that we misplaced an excessive amount of time on observe behind Stroll primarily.

“However total, I’m very proud of the tempo.”

And whereas Zhou wasn’t capable of rating, ending P14 on the day, his boss was nonetheless glad along with his efficiency.

“I’m very proud of the tempo of Zhou additionally as a result of he did very properly,” he mentioned.

“I feel for us it’s a superb weekend, on the identical line of the primary two.

“We simply need to be a bit extra environment friendly in Q2 in all probability, and we’ll begin in a greater place and it’ll change our weekend.

“Total, I feel we did a superb weekend.”

 

As much as P6 within the Constructors’ Championship with 13 factors, yet one more than fellow Ferrari-powered crew Haas, Vasseur is hoping for even higher within the subsequent two races.

“I’m a bit extra assured for the subsequent two or three as a result of we have now additionally good updates within the pipeline,” he mentioned. “It seems good.”

 

 

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