Bottas and Cho reflect on frustrating double DNF in Brazil as Alfa Romeo has ‘no room for regret’ in final two races

Bottas and Cho reflect on frustrating double DNF in Brazil as Alfa Romeo has ‘no room for regret’ in final two races

Alfa Romeo’s promising run at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix quickly turned to despair as both Valtteri Bottas and Zhu Guanyu were forced to retire their cars, with the team left to rue a missed opportunity for points.

Bottas was in the top ten as his teammate was called to retire due to technical issues, while the Finn quickly joined him in the garage a few laps later with technical issues of his own.

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With the team currently ninth in the constructors’ standings – just four points behind 10th-placed Haas and five behind eighth-placed AlphaTauri – every point matters at this late stage of the season. After the events in Brazil, the team was understandably disappointed on a day that looked like it might end in a result.

“It’s difficult,” Bottas said immediately after jumping from the cockpit at Interlagos. “I think today we had the chance to score but it looks like some opponents are going to score, so it’s not a good day. But we need to understand the issues and move forward.”

Bottas’s teammate, Zhu, was similarly desperate to waste the opportunity to add points.

“I think we could definitely have worked together to maybe try to score some points for either car, but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage when it was available to us,” he said. “We just need to turn it around next time.”

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Despite the obvious frustration caused by the double DNF, and the investigation into what went wrong, the team still has hope for the upcoming Las Vegas Grand Prix with positives.

“We will need to investigate exactly what happened; “It was two separate issues that forced us to stop the cars to avoid further damage,” said team representative Alessandro Alloni Bravi.

“We will look into it at Hinwell to make sure none of it is repeated. Despite the disappointment, there are positives: we have seen an improvement in performance that has coincided with lower track temperatures.

Alfa Romeo team representative Alessandro Alloni Bravi insists there is “no room for regret” in the last two races

“This gives us confidence in Vegas, but it also shows that we are very sensitive to changes in track conditions, and that we strive to deliver consistent performance in different situations. Our strategy today was the best to achieve maximum results, and the drivers worked well together to implement it, but unfortunately We never had the chance to see the results of it.

“Now there is no room for regrets: we need to focus on the last two races and make the most of what we can. It will be difficult, but we owe it to our team members, partners and fans.

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