The Hinwilers have fallen into a low with many puzzles, the British have been knocking more and more vehemently on the points door for three races with George Russell (23).
Williams boss: “The fire is burning!”
“If we had told someone within 15 days before the three races what we were achieving, we would have been declared crazy. We were happy about 12th place in France, we were eliminated in 8th place in the first Spielberg race with a further inexplicable defect – and now we are all disappointed with eleventh place on Sunday. That shows the fire that burns in our team! “
This is what the new team boss Jost Capito (62), who was once CEO at Sauber and recently lured Willy Rampf (68), long-time technical director in Hinwil, from retirement to Williams, said. Apparently a very clever move that is now triggering a nightmare at Alfa-Sauber for the coming months.
Alonso: “I’m sorry for George”
And what does Alonso (Alpine) say, who pushed Russell out of the points shortly before the end: “When I realized that Russell was in tenth place in front of me, I would have liked a different driver. I’m almost a little sorry for George now because he had such a great weekend! “
Nobody at Alfa-Sauber felt sorry for them. And since the mood in a team is mostly based on the results achieved, you can now imagine the emotional state of the around 500 employees.
Boss Fred Vasseur (52), naturally stressed, now has the most difficult job. The Frenchman has to hold the bonds together – and discover the sources of error in all departments. Even with the drivers.
Negative spiral at Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi (27), now usually faster than Raikkonen on one lap, was puzzling on Saturday: Fifth in the third training session, seventh in the first part of the qualification – and then crashing to 15th and last place. Even if he was canceled a lap. What was wrong with that?
In the races he took on the French. In the first Spielberg race, Gasly (Alpha Tauri Honda) turned him around on the first lap. On Sunday he collided – again innocently – with Ocon (Alpine), who was the only one to retire!
Kimi cursed and crashed
The Finnish “iceman” Kimi Räikkönen (41) made Alfa-Sauber’s headlines five corners before the finish – on the hunt for Russell.
The 2007 world champion, who traveled with the whole family from Baar ZG, overlooked the storming Vettel on the right, touched and turned the Aston Martin out of bounds.
Even Mercedes boss Toto Wolff could not resist a remark in the “Kleine Zeitung” (Graz): “Maybe he looked at the clock to see when it was finally over!”
What the world didn’t hear
Before that, the indestructible Kimi had caused a few “beeps” during the TV broadcast, which his ranting tirades should not spread into the airwaves.
Raikkonen almost freaked out in the cockpit because his engineer had informed him too late about the warning issued by the FIA for leaving the track three times (track limits). There was a threat of punishment.
Joy only in the offspring!
At Alfa-Sauber, the future course is evidently being set in all directions behind the scenes. And the worldwide rumor mill continues to speak of a possible engine change to Renault.
One thing is clear: In the pure Sauber Academy for the youngsters you have a lot of fun with all three drivers: Theo Pourchaire (17, F) in Formula 2, Juan Manuel Correa (21, USA) in Formula 3 and Emerson Fittipaldi junior ( 14, Bras) in the Danish Formula 4.