F1 News: Alfa Romeo still “$10 million under budget”

Alfa Romeo still has plenty of progress to make.

After an encouraging start to the year, Alfa Romeo has failed in recent rounds to achieve the top 10 finishes that they secured with relative ease at the start of the year.

The reliability issues that plagued the Swiss-based squad in pre-season have impacted the team significantly, with Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas suffering numerous retirements after 16 rounds.

Alfa Romeo’s C42 was one of the lightest machines at the start of the season, giving it an advantage over most teams with notably heavier cars.

As the year progressed, other teams introduced upgrades to make their cars lighter, eroding Alfa Romeo’s initial advantage.

Currently sixth in the standings, Alfa Romeo is likely to finish the year in this position, comfortably ahead of the teams below but too far adrift from those ahead.

Next season will become Alfa Romeo’s focus, with team principal Fred Vasseur revealing to AMuS that the team still needs to close the gap to the budget cap:

“It now shows that we are $10 million under budget. It is one of the most important tasks to close this gap. 

“We should now have that [engine penalties] behind us. We have two fresh engines in the pool.”