Alfa Romeo Hope to be in the Fight Despite Challenging Silverstone Layout

2022 Canadian Grand Prix - Zhou Guanyu
2022 Canadian Grand Prix - Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur says there is “no reason” why Alfa Romeo can’t be in the fight for points at Silverstone, even though he expects the track to be “challenging” for his team.

The Swiss-based team have defied expectation in 2022, regularly scoring points and sit just six points behind Alpine in the constructors’ championship table.

“We need to keep working hard and not let ourselves be carried away; we know we’re locked in a very tight fight,” Vasseur said.

The 54-year-old’s drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu collected a double-points haul at the last round in Canada, with both drivers being bumped up an extra position following Fernando Alonso’s post-race penalty.

Finnish racer Bottas, who has excelled as team leader after departing world champions Mercedes at the end of 2021, said: “I am confident we can have a good weekend to continue the vein of what we did in Montréal.”

Winner of nine Grand Prix, Bottas added: “The key for us will be to make the most of every session to fine-tune the car.”

F1 rookie Zhou Guanyu made his first appearance in Q3 in Montréal, delivering beautifully in the wet conditions during that session, before going on to score his first points since the opening round in Bahrain.

“The result in Canada was a big confidence boost after a few races in which we weren’t able to show our true value. I want to continue building on this and to keep bringing points to the team,” said Zhou, China’s first ever F1 driver.

Zhou has some good memories around Silverstone from his Formula 2 days, where he won the Feature Race in 2021, while Bottas has two pole positions on the circuit, which are made even more impressive as he beat home favourite Lewis Hamilton on both occasions.

A strong weekend for Alfa Romeo could see them thrust themselves into contention for fourth in the constructors’ standings, having finished a lowly ninth in 2021.

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