Vasseur cautions Alfa to remain in the moment

Michelle Foster
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo

Fred Vasseur has cautioned the Alfa Romeo team against turning their focus to 2021 as they have yet to secure eighth place in the championship.

2020 has not been a good season for Alfa Romeo.

The team has bagged just eight points and only managed its first double points-haul at the last race in Turkey.

That, though, has given the team a welcome confidence boost heading into the final stretch.

The Formula 1 teams are wrapping up the season with a triple-header, two of which are taking place in Bahrain.

The drivers will race on the standard grand prix circuit this weekend before moving onto the outer ‘oval’ the following weekend.

Vasseur has urged his team to give their all, adamant their Istanbul performance shows that the team is recovering lost ground.

“The final stretch of the season is here,” he said. “It’s a crucial triple-header and there’s still everything to play for.

“Of course, after such an intense year everyone is starting to feel a bit of fatigue and, with next season just around the corner, the temptation would be to look to the future already and lose sight of the objective at hand, but we cannot underestimate the task ahead of us in these final three races.

“We have shown in Turkey, with both Kimi and Antonio qualifying in the top ten, that we are moving upwards, and the run we had in the second part of the season, scoring in half the events we took part in, gives us confidence we can keep performing well.

“Bahrain is a track that promotes good racing and the novel layout for the second race is a big leap into the dark for all teams.

“We need to be prepared for everything, including a very messy qualifying session on the second week’s very short layout, but I am confident we will be ready for the challenge.”

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo have yet to secure eighth place in the Constructors’ Championship, a battle that is likely to go down to the wire.

With eight points on the board, the team cannot catch seventh-placed AlphaTauri but rather have to look behind them.

Ninth-placed Haas are sitting on three points while Williams, bottom of the log, have yet to score.

One good result for any of the three could change the game entirely.

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