Alfa Romeo unhappy with Giovinazzi for disobeying team orders

Alfa Romeo was not happy with Antonio Giovinazzi for disobeying their team orders at the Turkish GP.

Giovinazzi finished P11, which is just outside the points in F1. This did not sit well with the team, who are convinced that had he complied with the orders, they might have scored a point or two.

The last stretch of the race saw Giovinazzi and teammate Kimi Raikkonen push for points. The Finnish driver was faster than Giovinazzi, and Alfa Romeo instructed the latter to let his teammate through.

Giovinazzi did not heed that order, and continued driving to try and overtake the drivers in front of him. He failed to do so, and finished in 11th place.

Alfa Romeo was not happy with Giovinazzi for disobeying their team orders, and suggested that it was not what the team was expecting from him.

As quoted by, Alfa Romeo head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar said that the team has issued the order early. Bbut then at this point Antonio was starting to pick up the pace and he himself decided that he wanted to stay ahead.

Giovinazzi (left) disobeyed team orders to let Raikkonen (right) pass him. Source:

“Maybe that situation is a couple of laps that we potentially could have been faster as a team. Then it was just one more lap to catch Ocon.

“For sure for the team, it was not ideal.

“I did not understand very well why we could not swap at this point because also then when you have got both cars at the end we can change it back depending on the situation.

“It’s important to achieve the points, looking at how Kimi’s pace was strong at the time,” he concluded.

Driver perspective

After the race, Giovinazzi said, “Just a little bit too close to P10.

“One more lap and we would have been in the points. But we tried our best and unfortunately it is like this, and now we look forward to the next one.

“It was not an easy race for sure, especially when I changed the tyres. The tyres were not ready and it took some laps to find the grip from the tyres.

“But it was difficult for everyone, and really I am disappointed that for one lap we are not in the points,” he concluded.

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