user icon

Vasseur: Giovinazzi's issues 'down to the team'

  • Published on 24 Apr 2019 12:13
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur says that Antonio Giovinazzi's poor start to the 2019 season rests on the team's shoulders. 

Giovinazzi has failed to match teammate Kimi Raikkonen so far in 2019, with the Finn scoring points at all three Grands Prix this year.

Giovinazzi is yet to finish inside the top ten, but has endured a couple of difficult weekends, none more so than last time out in China.

The Italian was forced to sit out both the opening practice session and qualifying due to a recurring power unit issue.

"Kimi is doing a great job, his feedback to engineers is as precise as it can be and as soon as he sits in the car he gets the job done," Vasseur said. 

"Antonio so far couldn’t show his real potential, but that’s completely down to the team.

"Some technical issues and therefore missed track time meant that he could never get comfortable and get the best out of the car, but especially in Australia in Q1 he showed how fast he is.

"Everyone just needs to be a bit patient and I’m sure he’ll come around."

Vasseur says that the target is clear for Alfa Romeo heading to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as it targets getting both of its cars inside the top ten on race day.

Baku means crashes and safety cars and overtaking so you’ll never know what to expect from the race, but our target is clear," he said.

"We’ve put a lot of work into the development of our performance since the race in China so we want to finish in the points with both cars.”


Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • Vasseur is one of few higher ups I have respect for. Patient and clearly in-the-know. The day Sauber aquired him was a good day for Sauber.

    • + 0
    • Apr 24 2019 - 19:41

Related news



BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:40 - 13:10

    Free practice 3

    13:10 - 14:10

    Race

    15:10 - 17:10

  • Free practice 2

    15:40 - 17:10

    Qualifying

    16:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

     

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:40 - 13:10

    Free practice 2

    15:40 - 17:10

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    13:10 - 14:10

    Qualifying

    16:10 - 17:10

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    15:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

    15:10 - 15:10



Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Was Red Bull right to promote Alexander Albon?


World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Country Italy
  • Date of b. Dec 14 1993 (25)
  • Place of b. Martina Franca, Italy
  • Weight 63 kg
  • Length 1.83 m
Show full profile


Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar