Alfa Romeo is one of the teams that in recent years have been at the same level. With Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi as their drivers, the Italian team has managed to score different amounts of points intermittently. Their performance is usually very decisive in the circuit that the Grand Prix is taking place, which is a disadvantage because it is not consistent and the points do not arrive regularly. In the last Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen had started in sixteenth position, however, the Finnish driver managed to take advantage of the mistakes of other drivers and position himself up to seventh place. After the end of the race, the FIA decided to penalize the Alfa Romeo driver with a total of 30 seconds. What was the reason for this penalty? Not entering the pitlane after his own spin at Turn 3 of the Italian circuit, this coupled with the fact that he did not regain his position in the Safety Car restart. Alfa Romeo has shown its disappointment with the abrupt decision made by the FIA.
“The decision leaves the team dumbfounded. Having already suffered an original disadvantage, with Kimi losing two places under the Safety Car, we were further hit by a disproportionate penalty, unfitting to the original fault, one we incurred by virtue of not endangering the other competitors by overtaking behind the Safety Car.” The team firmly stated.
“It was a penalty which the stewards themselves struggled to reconcile themselves with, one within which they themselves saw contradictions. One that makes little sense from a sporting point of view. We, nevertheless, take this on the chin.”
“We will use it to grow, and come back stronger. That is what teams do.”
The affected driver, for his part, commented that he had no idea that this penalty could be received during or after the race. The Finnish pilot had no further thoughts about the event.
“As far as I know, nobody wared me on anything so I don’t know about it. Unfortunately, we then got this penalty that means we don’t get anything to show for it, but at least we can look positively at our performance.” The Finn commented during a press conference.
As Kimi mentioned, the performance they showed last weekend was quite promising, so Alfa Romeo will leave with a bittersweet taste of the past Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.