Alfa Romeo are confident they can score points at this weekend's Emilia Romagna GP after showing an upturn in form in Bahrain. Kimi Raikkonen feels the team can battle towards the front of the midfield, noting that the difference between the front and the back of the midfield is "very small".
Team principal Frederic Vasseur backs up that statement and is hoping Imola will allow Alfa Romeo to show their true colours.
“We had a solid start of the season and that’s a good basis upon which to build, starting from this weekend," Vasseur told the press.
"We have made a considerable step forward in performance, possibly one of the biggest across the field, and we are now in the midfield fight.
"Last year, we had our best result of the season here and we can take that as an encouragement, although we know the form we showed in 2020 is only a vague indicator of what we can expect this time around."
Imola is significantly more difficult to overtake at compared to Sakhir even though the DRS zone has been extended for 2021. Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have stressed the importance of one lap pace on Saturday to set themselves up for the race.
"We know we need to deliver a flawless weekend to maximise our returns. The margins are very small in the midfield, especially in qualifying, and every little detail makes a difference," said Giovinazzi.
"I would love to open my scoring tally in Imola, on home soil. Having three home races last season didn’t spoil me, it’s always a special feeling to race at home and this weekend will be no different.”