Team Talk - Sunday in Spielberg

Red Bull Racing celebrate first for Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing and third for Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing. 02.07.2023. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria, Race Day. -, EMail: © Copyright: XPB Images'
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Catch up with what the teams had to say following round 9 of the 2023 season, the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Alfa Romeo F1 Team C43. 02.07.2023. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria, Race Day. -, EMail: © Copyright: Bearne / XPB Images
Valtteri Bottas
"I got some damage on the front wing in a Turn One contact, unfortunately, which made me lose ground on my first stint. That compromised the rest of my race as, with such a tight field, it was pretty much impossible to recover. Overall, we have been lacking pace this weekend, this circuit certain hasn't suited us as much as in recent races. Nevertheless, we are meant to bring new parts to Silverstone next week, and they are meant to make a difference in our performance. We have seen it with our main competitors, how upgrades have been improving their pace, and hopefully, that will be our case, too, to get back in the fight for the top ten right away."

Zhou Guanyu
"Unfortunately, this weekend we haven't been as competitive as we wanted, and the top ten ended up being out of our reach. I had a decent start, today, and it seemed like I could've moved forward, but then the Safety Car came in just a couple of laps after I had to pit to remove a tear-off from my rear brake duct, and that ended up not helping us. Overall, our pace hasn't been the same we had showed recently. There is surely some work to do, looking into the next races, and we're also meant to bring new upgrades in Silverstone next week. Hopefully, they'll allow us to make a step forward, and improve again our place in the standings."

Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative
"Today's race has, unfortunately, been in line with our performances this weekend; we have made a step back, compared to previous races, and of course we will need to analyse this over the next few days. At the same time, our focus now goes onto the next race in Silverstone, for the final leg of this back-to-back: we are bringing an important upgrade there, which can hopefully improve our performance. The fight in the field is very tight, and we have been aware of this since the beginning of the season, so every tenth can make a difference. Next weekend's race will be important for us, so we must not lose our focus: we need to keep working, and come prepared to Silverstone, in order to promptly react and get back to the positions we deserve. I want to thank all the team, as well as Ferrari, for the job done this weekend: although it has been a difficult one, everyone has been working hard all together, both trackside and back home in Hinwil, trying to maximise any chance. We need to keep pushing, and not lose our confidence: there are still several races in front of us, and we'll be ready to fight for every single point."