What goes around comes around. After an unfair German Gran Prix end, that saw an elimination, Alfa Romeo could finally take back a good news.
The Hinwil team had a strong race with consistent cars and efficient drivers, who fought hardly – but fairly- until the end to get some points to Alfa Romeo, points that have been missing for so long in an anonymous season.
At the end of the Brazilian Gran Prix https://www.motorlat.com/notas/f1/13793/brazil-gp-gasly-the-best-day-of-my-life-sainz-extremely-happy , Lewis Hamilton tried so hard to win the race, causing a collision with Alexander Albon, who was weirdly ahead, and threw away the Red Bull car, altogether with the British chances to get his first – and it would be deserved-podium. The accident did not pass unnoticed: the 6-times World Champion was penalised and this brought the Swiss team at the feet of the podium.
Kimi Raikkonen was more than happy to come back to scoring some points. For the first time in his long and shiny career, the Finn had spent 7 races without scoring a single point, a frustrating first time that did not depend on his age but on a car which didn’t allow him to do so.
“The path was good, the car was fast in the first sector but I could not overcome the two McLarens even I tried to twice. - the Iceman commented, while he was melting a bit by showing some delusion – This result pops up after some happenings but both cars gained 10 points so afterall this was a very positive and fast race for us, so we are good.”
Antonio Giovinazzi was shortly before announced as the second driver for next season as well. The Italian was happy to celebrate the new year in Hinwil with scoring some points.
He said so: -“I am so happy to celebrate my renewal with the sixth (then promoted to 5th) place. The team was great and had a genial strategy by putting on soft tyres. What a hard, beautiful race.”
1/2 Quando da bambino mi chiedevano cosa volessi fare da grande la mia risposta era: il pilota di @F1 .— Antonio Giovinazzi (@Anto_Giovinazzi) September 25, 2018
Oggi quello che sognavo da bambino si realizza e dal prossimo anno avró l’onore di essere pilota del team @alfa_romeo @SauberF1Team . pic.twitter.com/zVF201K7qn
This result was great for the Italian that reached out two satisfying results. On the personal side, he overcame Grosjean in the Drivers’ Standings and on the general one, he got crowned as the best placement for an Italian since 2009. In that year, Giancarlo Fisichella in Spa and Jarno Trulli in Suzuka ended up at the second place.