Valtteri Bottas, Frédéric Vasseur and Xevi Pujolar have already announced big ambitions for Alfa Romeo F1 at the Monaco Grand Prix. The second city, team manager, confirms that he is putting big money on this unique track which could be suitable for the C42, and where the conditions could be tricky.
“Monaco is a unique race, a special occasion in which every team and every driver wants to do well” notes Vasseur. “The same applies to us, of course, although we will approach the weekend in the same way as any other event.”
“For us, the objectives remain, we know that we have the potential to lead behind the top teams and not be in the front runners on this circuit. For that, the recipe is the same, you have to have a good week-end and get the most out of our F1.”
“We have worked hard for us that our reliability improves as much as our performance and we can be able to have two cars in the points. We will make sure in Monaco that we make sure the world notices how well we are performing this season.”
Bottas: The C42 “seems to like lean turns”
Valtteri Bottas has already predicted his side will perform better in the Principality than they did in Spain last week. But in Barcelona, he had played for a place at the foot of the podium, and he could do even better this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend’s race. Monaco is always an interesting weekend, it’s a home weekend for a lot of drivers and there’s definitely a feeling on track that another round of the calendar do not get” reveals the Finn.
“I’m really curious to see how the race will go with the new generation of F1: it’s traditionally a difficult place to overtake, with races in the peloton and, if it were to be different this year, we have to attend something spectacular.”
“I’m confident going into the weekend: we’ve fought with the best for two races in a row and I see no reason why we can’t do it again this time around. Our F1 seems to like slow corners and we’re betting on it.”
“Of course most of the weekend depends on a clean Friday and a good Saturday: if we are at the top of the grid we can possibly finish with a special result.
Zhou: You have to be “at the absolute limit” in Monaco
For Guanyu Zhou, the seventh round of the season will be an opportunity to discover the Monaco circuit in an F1 car. In F2 last year, he won one of the two Sprint races and finished fifth in the main race, and he hopes to take advantage of the evolved Alfa Romeo C42 he will discover this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to driving a Formula 1 in Monaco, it will be an incredible challenge, and I expect it to be an incredible feeling” explains the Chinese driver. “It’s a place where you have to be at the absolute limit at all times to be competitive, even in the junior categories, and that will be even more true in F1.”
“It’s a place where you have to respect the track, and finding the right feeling in the practice sessions will be very important, but I know the team is behind me and I can count on them to make the most of the weekend.”
We have all worked really hard to make sure that reliability issues no longer drag our jobs down and I’m sure we can show again how competitive we can be. I have great memories of Monaco, where I won last year, and I’m looking forward to more now that I’m in F1.”