By Pedro André Mendes on 13 August 2022 13:18
Alfa Romeo had a good start to this Formula 1 season, but it was losing “gas” until the summer break, as well as losing some advantage over its rivals, but it is something that those responsible for the Swiss design already expected would come. happened when other teams were updating their single-seaters and especially, reducing the weight of the cars.
Alfa Romeo studied the technical regulations of the season very well and presented one seat with a weight very close to the minimum set, while the other nine teams had problems in that situation, which led the FIA to increase the minimum weight. Over the course of the season and the delivery of development packages, the teams managed to reduce the weight of their cars, which was expected in the Swiss design, as explained by Xevi Pujolar.
“I think probably some of the teams and the improvements they have been bringing in terms of aerial performance have reduced the weight,” said Pujolar. “For us, that was something we were happy with at the beginning of the season, and some midfield teams or even top teams had to find solutions. We were strong at the beginning, because we already had a weight advantage.
With that advantage further reduced, Pujolar still believes that Alfa Romeo can still negotiate a position with Alpine and McLaren, the two teams fighting for fourth place in the constructors’ championship standings, while they are 48 points from that spot. ..
The team is preparing to present a new solution in two team cars, after waiting for the results of the update on Valtteri Bottas’ car “Now, for the next race, we will already have both cars with the same package. [de desenvolvimento]so we will be good”, explained the engineer of the team.
Alfa Romeo is sixth in the manufacturer standings, 44 points behind McLaren and 17 points ahead of Haas.