Alfa Romeo Racing, which will revert to the Sauber name next year, plans to improve in all areas in 2024 after a disappointing season, according to Xevi Pujolar, the team’s Head of Trackside Engineering.
‣ Alfa Romeo Racing, which will revert to the Sauber name next year, scored 16 points in the world championship this year, placing penultimate among constructors.
‣ The team’s main focus for next year is to improve in all areas, including the car, operations, and drivers, to achieve a better position.
‣ The updates brought during the season made progress but not enough, and the team is not satisfied with the current state.
‣ Alfa Romeo aims to make a big step like other teams have done this season and compete for points every weekend next year.
Alfa Romeo Racing didn’t exactly have a stellar year in the world championship. They only managed to scrape together 16 points, landing them in second-to-last place among the constructors. The bulk of their points came from just two races, one in Italy and the other in Qatar, from July onwards.
The drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou, were stuck with a car that just couldn’t keep up with the competition. So, it’s clear something’s gotta change in 2024.
In a chat with GPblog and a few others, Xevi Pujolar, the Head of Trackside Engineering at Alfa Romeo, spilled the beans on their game plan for next year. “We’ve got to step up our game in all areas,” he said. Looking at their recent race, it’s clear their pace isn’t consistent enough. That’s one thing they need to work on.
But that’s not the only issue. They need to upgrade the car, improve their operations, and the drivers need to up their game too. They need to make progress in every area, or else they’ll be stuck in the same spot.
Sauber, who’s been working with Alfa Romeo for years, reflected on their partnership with pride.
Alfa Romeo, which will be going back to its original name, Sauber, next year, tried to make some improvements during the season. They introduced several updates, but they didn’t quite hit the mark. Sure, there was some progress, but not enough to make a significant difference.
Pujolar admitted, “We’ve found some good directions, but it’s still not enough. We have some promising upgrades for next year, but right now, we’re not really satisfied with anything.” They’ve made progress in all areas, but they need to do more. Everyone else is outperforming them, and they’re not far behind. If they can improve in all areas, they might be able to compete at the top of the midfield again.
Other teams have shown that making a big leap is possible. Alfa Romeo wants to follow their example and compete for points every weekend next year. They don’t want to be fighting for just one point and tenth place. Pujolar said, “That’s where we want to go. We saw Aston Martin, McLaren, and AlphaTauri make good strides this season. So it’s possible. And we’re working hard on that at the factory.”
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