It was a disappointing weekend in Italy for BWT Alpine F1 Team as Pierre Gasly finished fifteenth and Esteban Ocon was forced to retire from the race.
The circuit at Monza is a challenge as it doesn’t play to the team’s strengths of its overall car package and a difficult Qualifying session, which saw both cars out in Q1, made the race itself a challenge for the team from the very beginning.
The race had an aborted start and then a delay due to Yuki Tsunoda’s formation lap retirement. Both driver’s looked to make gains on the opening lap which saw Ocon pass Gasly on Turn 3 to gain a position.
Gasly, unfortunately, couldn’t gain further than fifteenth place when he passed the chequered flag whilst Ocon was forced to retire after suffering from steering vibrations and the team opted to bring him in as a precaution.
Bruno Famin, Interim Team Principal reflected on the race: “After the high of Zandvoort exactly one week ago, we leave Monza on the back of a very difficult result and general performance level. We entered the weekend knowing it was going to be a challenge given the nature of the track, and that proved to be the case. As a team, it has certainly been a weekend full of learning, of which we can take forwards to future events on circuits with a similar configuration to here in Monza. On that front, we can remain positive and as a team we will regroup ahead of the next race in Singapore.”
The team will remain at Monza this week for Pirelli Tyre Tests before moving on to plan and focus on the Singapore Grand Prix in just under two weeks time.