A point arrived at 10 pm due to the disqualification of Sebastian Vettel, but the third punticino of 2021 is certainly not to be celebrated at home Alfa Romeo. The Williams of Nicholas Latifi and George Russell, in fact, have in turn gained a position bringing from 6 to 10 points a haul that brings the Grove team to eighth place in the constructors’ standings at +7 compared to the Italian-Swiss team. A real Caporetto therefore for Alfa Romeo which in the second half of the season will have to triple the loot obtained so far to make the counter-overtaking in the hope that Williams does not score other Sundays to be framed like today.
Antonio Giovinazzi had tried to anticipate by stopping in the pits to mount the slick tires immediately on the formation lap, but by making this risk he broke the speed limit in the pit lane by coming severely punished by the stewards: Stop & Go of 10 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen’s race was also compromised in the pit lane. The Finn was punished for an unsafe release in which he hit Nikita Mazepin, putting an end to the Russian’s race. Ten seconds of penalty inflicted on Iceman, who in any case had finished eleventh and was thus promoted to the points area due to the disqualification of Vettel.
“We were firmly in the points and projected towards a great result before the penalties compromised our race – the words of Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur – we will have the opportunities to redeem ourselves in the second half of the season ”. “It wasn’t our day – echoed Vasseur Antonio Giovinazzi – with a clear track I had a good pace, a great pity “. Kimi Raikkonen explained what happened during the contact in the pits with Mazepin: “There was a problem at the traffic lights – explained the Finnish – it was a race where we could get a good booty, but the penalty made everyone more difficult ”.