Alfa Romeo: Team can take heart by the improved mileage

Alfa Romeo: Team can take heart by the improved mileage

Alfa Romeo: Team can take heart by the improved mileage

Alfa Romeo’s second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona marked an improvement in mileage after only 32 laps on day one.

Day 2 did not start well for the team’s new driver Valtteri Bottas who had to settle for 21 laps of running only, and ended his session 15th fastest on a 1:22.288.

Bottas said in the team’s media brief: ” The team ended the day with a good number of laps, and this has to be the main takeaway from today.

“We were able to do some consistent running in the afternoon, which bodes well for when I’ll be back in the cockpit tomorrow. I wasn’t able to run as much as I would have wanted this morning, but at least we know we addressed the issue and we can focus on making the most of the final day here in Barcelona.

“There’s still a good way to go before we go racing, and we now have some data to help the team move towards the right window in terms of set-up,” the Finn concluded.

Zhou’s afternoon run gave Alfa Romeo a reason to smile

Alfa Romeo said in it media brief that they “closed the second day of pre-season testing on a positive note as Zhou Guanyu completed more than a full race distance in his first afternoon in the new C42” and that “some small issues limited” Bottas’ running in the morning session, with that they “can take heart by the improved mileage achieved in the rest of the day” thanks to Zhou’s afternoon run.

Zhou who completed 71 laps for the team said: “It was nice to get to drive this new generation of cars: it definitely feels different from what I drove in the past.

“I took my time at the beginning of the session, trying not to push too hard but just getting used to the car and the way it felt: towards the end, I tried a few better runs. There is a little bit of bouncing compared to last year’s car, for sure, but I’m sure everything is going to get better as the team understands the car more.

“We are working in the right direction. All in all, I am happy with my day and with getting a decent number of laps; we were able to bring home a lot of data for our engineers to analyse, which is very good ahead of tomorrow.

“I’m looking forward to being in the car again in the morning,” the Chinese rookie concluded.

Alfa Romeo are yet t reveal their new livery for 2022, with the C42 running with a special camouflage livery at Barcelona.