The Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Formula One team endured a disappointing Hungarian Grand Prix after coming away from the race pointless with Kimi Raikkonen coming home eleventh while Antonio Giovinazzi came home in 14th place. Raikkonen, who started the race from 13th place on the grid was handed a ten-second penalty after an unsafe release by his pit crew saw the Finn collide with Nikita Mazepin resulting in the Haas F1 Team driver retiring from the race.
The Iceman recovered to finish in eleventh place but could bounce into the top ten as Sebastian Vettel is under investigation for a fuel irregularity. Speaking following the race he said:
“The start of the race was a bit what you would expect in these conditions, with a hectic first lap and lots of things happening. We looked quite ok until the penalty, which pretty much compromised our race: there was an issue with the traffic light release system and we ended up colliding with Mazepin. Up until the penalty, we were deep in the points, but making it back from the bottom was just too much.”
Antonio Giovinazzi commented saying:
“It just wasn’t our day. It was a race where we had the chance to bring home a good result and we didn’t, but it is what it is. With the penalty after the restart, our race was pretty much compromised: it’s hard to say how much pace we really had as I spent a lot of time in traffic, but when in clean air we were pretty good so it’s disappointing not to finish in the points. Let’s focus on recharging our batteries in this break and then come back stronger in Spa. There are still many races to come after the holidays and we will not give up.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN:
“It ended up being a very tough weekend for the team, after a promising start. We came into the race after a good Saturday in which we delivered the best overall qualifying performance of the season but the opening stages were chaos. We got blocked in turn one, trying to avoid the start incidents, and we had to recover from the back of the field on a track where overtaking is very hard. Unfortunately, a collision with Mazepin and a speeding in the pitlane offense meant that both Kimi and Antonio received penalties and we weren’t able to turn this chance into points at the end. It’s a shame as it was an opportunity to score big points: but we keep working hard, knowing we will have more opportunities in the second part of the season.