In the round-up: Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas says his team should target being “best-of-the-rest” behind Ferrari and Red Bull.
Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas says that his team should target being “best-of-the-rest” behind Ferrari and Red Bull.
Bottas sits ninth in the championship after a sixth place finish in Bahrain and a retirement in Saudi Arabia. After qualifying sixth and eighth over the first two race weekends, Bottas says that being consistently at the front of the midfield is what Alfa Romeo should be aiming for over the rest of the season.
“I think that needs to be the target now,” Bottas said. “We seem to be more or less in the same place than in Bahrain, even though I thought [Saudi Arabia] could be maybe more difficult.
“I think aiming to be the best-of-the-rest is good motivation and a good target. So hopefully eventually we can fight for fifth position in the race – that would be a good step for us.”
Esteban Ocon said fighting his world championship-winning team mate Fernando Alonso is a “privilege” following their spirited duel in the last round.
Ocon and Alonso fought hard over the early phase of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with Alonso eventually passing his Alpine team mate. Ocon believes it is a good sign that he and his team mate are able to race each other hard.
“He’s great on race craft, we know that,” said Ocon. “He’s extremely fast. Fighting the legend himself, it’s always a privilege. So it’s good that we can race so close and it’s good that we can push this team forward.”
Lando Norris says that he is looking forward to racing at Albert Park for the first time since making his grand prix debut in 2019.
The Australian Grand Prix has not been held since the 2019 event due to the impact of the Covid pandemic. Norris is excited to race at Albert Park again.
“I’m looking forward to getting out on track in the new car in Melbourne, especially with the changes they’ve made since we last raced there three years ago,” Norris said.
“I’m excited to see what progress we can make. It’s a special race for me, as I made my debut there in 2019 and with the pandemic, we haven’t raced there since, so I’ve been working hard in the sim to get back up to speed with the track, especially with the new changes.
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