Alfa Romeo reserve driver Robert Kubica said that his team are reaping the rewards of a much improved Ferrari power unit.
As part of his duties with the team, Kubica has now appeared in Free Practice 1 at both the Spanish and Styrian GPs, in what is his second season in that role at Alfa Romeo.
And so between those seasons he has seen the positive transformation for the team from struggling at the back of the grid to now challenging for points once again in 2021.
A marked improvement then, and Kubica believes Ferrari’s gains in the engine department have been a key factor.
“Altogether our package is more competitive in the last year,” he told RaceFans.net.
“The Maranello guys with the power unit have done a good step forward. Probably last year we were lacking quite a bit. So I think we are in a stronger position.
“I think the driveability has been always a strong point of Ferrari’s power unit, it’s just that we have more power, more torque and generally more horsepower. It’s quite significant.”
The Polish racer admitted that he did not have a great feeling when inside the car, but nonetheless relished the opportunity to drive Formula 1 machinery once again.
“It was a bit of a difficult session, I would say, not a great feeling in the car [but] still nice to be back in an F1 car and although it was difficult, we managed to do what we were supposed to do,” he explained.
“These cars are the same as last year, but they’re not the same, if you know what I mean.”
Alfa Romeo head into the Styrian Grand Prix P8 in the Constructors’ Championship, looking to add to their current total of two points as they go in search of greater rewards for their year-on-year improvement.