NUERBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 11: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39 Ferrari on track during the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on October 11, 2020 in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay - Pool/Getty Images)

Alfa Romeo is disappointed with F1 for awarding points after the Belgian GP.

The fiasco at Spa saw confusion reign, resentment boil over, and controversy rise. Alfa Romeo has a disappointing race. They got zero points from the race, but it was made worse by the fact that their championship rivals benefitted massively from the decision to avoid default victories.

Owing to George Russell qualifying second on the grid, he was awarded that place and the points that came with it without any racing. This means Williams are virtually uncatchable now for Alfa Romeo. Needless to say, the team is disappointed with F1 for awarding points for a race which was never run.

In a statement on Twitter, Alfa Romeo said, “The decision not to race in these conditions was the right one, in the interest of protecting the safety of the drivers, the marshals, and the spectators themselves.

“However, the situation would have been dealt with a lot more appropriately by not having at all the ‘race’ we witnessed yesterday: this outcome hurts us all, but in particular it hurts fans of the sport, who didn’t get the show they came to see.

“We hope lessons were learnt yesterday, lessons that will improve the way we operate in the future and that put the supporters of our sport in the position they deserve to be. Once again, our genuine thanks go to all the fans – you were the ones to truly shine yesterday in Spa.”

Hard done

For Alfa Romeo, Kimi Raikkonen was 19th on the grid, while his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi was 16th. The penalties served by various drivers helped them climb up, but it was for nothing. Both drivers scored zero points, while Williams scored heavily from Russell and their other driver in Nicholas Latifi.

The redemption at Spa didn’t happen for Alfa Romeo, and they are at a massive disadvantage for the rest of the season. They can only compete with Haas unless a miracle happens.


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