Team Talk - Sunday in Mexico City

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Catch up with what the teams had to say following round 19 of the 2023 season, the Mexican Grand Prix at Mexico City.

Alfa Romeo

Zhou Guanyu (CHN) Alfa Romeo F1 Team C43. 29.10.2023. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 20, Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City, Mexico, Race Day. -, EMail: © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB Images
Valtteri Bottas
“Today has been a tough one of the team overall, and luck wasn’t on our side either: the Safety Car came out just one lap after we pitted, which meant we lost a lot of ground as everyone else got to change tyres during the subsequent red flag. The race restart was fine, at first, but then I got stuck in a train for pretty much the remaining laps, eventually ending up in a collision with Lance [Stroll] towards the end. Of course, it is disappointing to walk away with no points in the bag, especially as we had enjoyed quite a strong weekend until today. It has not been our day, but we still have three races to recover our position in the championship, starting from Brazil next week: we have been quite strong there in the past, so hopefully we can turn our luck around and get back into the fight.”

Zhou Guanyu
“It was a frustrating day – our race was pretty much destroyed by the red flag. I was one of the first to stop and change to hard tyres, but at the restart I was the one whose used hard tyres had the most laps in: everyone else had either new mediums or new hards, and that was game over for us. I had a good restart, but it was impossible to hold the position: the difference in grip was too much and I was a sitting duck for the rest of the race. It’s a shame as we had done a good job this weekend, and to leave with nothing is really disappointing.”

Alessandro Alunni Bravi, team representative
“Races like today’s are difficult to process, especially taking into consideration the strong qualifying performance we showed yesterday. We started in a good position for a double-points finish, and then lost ground throughout the race, eventually ending up outside the top ten. On top of that, Valtteri unfortunately suffered a brake temperature issue after the restart, when a tear-off got stuck into his left rear brake duct, which didn’t allow him to properly get into the mix. Our qualifying pace improved this weekend, but our race pace is the area in which we need to make progress ahead of the next races, so to keep up the fight for our seasonal target. Although we have slipped back to ninth place in the standings, tied on points with AlphaTauri, no hope is lost: with three races to go, all of us trackside, our drivers, and the team back home in Hinwil, are determined to give out all our best until the end to make a further leap forward and get back where we need to be.”