The Sauber-run squad is sixth within the F1 world constructors’ championship this 12 months however has failed to attain any factors prior to now 4 races, after the group picked up factors in seven of the opening 9 rounds.
In that run of poor outcomes each Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu have been blighted by mechanical issues, with the Finn pressured out of the British Grand Prix with a gearbox concern and the Hungarian GP with a gasoline system failure, whereas his teammate retired from the French GP with energy unit hassle.
Zhou’s rookie marketing campaign additionally took successful in his large crash at the beginning of the British GP, when he was flipped over after colliding with George Russell and was despatched tumbling over the tyre barrier.
Regardless of the group’s reliability woes and, at instances, misfortune it has nonetheless comprehensively outscored its 2021 complete factors haul when it completed ninth within the constructors’ standings.
Because of this, group chief Vasseur feels the squad has made appreciable efficiency positive factors beneath the brand new F1 technical rules and with its new driver line-up of Bottas and Zhou, however has been held again by its unreliability.
“I feel we did a step ahead. We did a very good step when it comes to pure efficiency, as a result of various factors,” Vasseur stated.
“As at all times, it is by no means one factor. I feel the Ferrari engine did a step ahead. We did the identical job on the chassis aspect additionally. And I feel that Valtteri and Zhou are performing. Altogether, it is a good step.
“Now, when it comes to outcomes, we had additionally some points when it comes to reliability. This value us a fortune when it comes to factors, some occasions we had been in excellent form, like Jeddah or Silverstone, and on some events with Zhou additionally.
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42
Picture by: Antonin Vincent / DPPI
“It is a actual disgrace for us, and for the championship. However it’s like it’s, and we simply have to repair it for the second a part of the season.”
Even by way of the missed alternatives as a result of crashes and mechanical issues, Vasseur nonetheless feels Alfa Romeo are assembly his expectations within the main a part of the midfield battle.
“I feel no one knew what could be the end result of the primary qualy on the primary check day,” he stated. “We had been all a bit stunned with the state of affairs, as a result of it was a very new automobile with no reference.
“All of us developed on our personal sides, and we had been all utterly blind. However no. Shocked will not be the appropriate phrase, as a result of I knew that we made a giant effort for 2022, and I used to be anticipating one thing like this. It is a good feeling.”
Alfa Romeo has a 17-point benefit over nearest rivals and fellow Ferrari energy unit prospects Haas, whereas AlphaTauri is 24 factors again on the Swiss squad with 9 rounds to go.