Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar has revealed that the team will bring upgrades to upcoming races in a bid to keep sixth in the Constructors’ Standings.
The Swiss team suffered a devastating blow to their hopes of finishing in sixth as neither Valtteri Bottas or Zhou Guanyu finished in the points.
Their nearest challengers Aston Martin capitalised on Alfa Romeo’s misfortune and finished in P6 and P8 with Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel.
Pujolar said that upgrades are on the horizon for Alfa Romeo and qualifying needs to be improved ahead of the final five races.
He said: “We’ll have some upgrades in the next events we just need to make sure we qualify stronger than what we did here.
"The start and Lap 1 needs to be improved and we should be then fighting with the guys in the top 10 as we have done several times this year.”
The head of trackside engineering said that Aston Martin’s strong performance in Singapore is more of a concern for Haas and AlphaTauri but Alfa Romeo can’t afford to become complacent.
Pujolar said: “For sure it’s not good but still we’ve got some margin, we just need to make sure we score some points in Suzuka and we need to keep pushing.
“I think it’s more of a concern for Haas and AlphaTauri but for sure we can’t back off.”
Aston Martin overtook both Haas and AlphaTauri in the Constructtors’ Standings at Marina Bay after a double retirement at the Italian Grand Prix.
Zhou retired on Lap 7 after a collision with Nicholas Latifi. Pujolar lamented the incident and said: “So early in the race and it was a stupid incident. It was very frustrating for him - especially on a race that a lot of things can happen. We’re hoping to make some progress and that didn’t help.”
The Spaniard also said that Alfa Romeo struggled on the intermediate tyre in the opening stages and took a gamble on soft tyres later in the race as their competitors chose to use the more durable medium compound.
“During the race actually the pace was ok, we just lacked a bit in the beginning with the intermediate tyre when at the beginning of the race.
“In the first few laps we struggled a bit more than the competitors and we lost a bit of ground already in qualifying yesterday we did not qualify where we wanted and then losing further positions in Lap 1 that then compromised what we could achieve.”