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F1 2022

Alfa Romeo highlight the importance of P6 in championship

The team finished in their highest position since returning to Formula 1 in 2019, but believe next year will be a bigger challenge.

Bottas Zandvoort
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Alfa Romeo has enjoyed one of its most competitive season's yet in Formula 1, achieving a P6 finish in the Constructors' Championship.

The team made a competitive start to 2022, with the Alfa Romeo C42 believed to be one of the few cars to not be overweight, which helped new signing Valtteri Bottas to regularly finish in the top 10.

Head of Trackside Engineering, Xevi Pujolar, believes finishing in P6 will give the team vital resources to compete further up the grid in what will be a "more competitive" year in 2023.

"I think it's important for us because next year will be even more competitive than this year, but we've still got many weak points that we want to work on," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"This year we had some advantage at the beginning of the season, probably next year will be more difficult from the beginning and everybody will be very close together.

"Now we just need to get ready for another good fight from the beginning next year.

"Finishing P6 is a good help to get ready for that new challenge as a team.

Pujolar: Drop off in performance 'not a concern' for next season

Despite the flying start, Alfa Romeo dropped off in performance midway through the year alongside suffering from a number of reliability issues.

The team almost lost out on P6 in the Constructors' standings altogether, after surviving a late-season fightback from Aston Martin.

Pujolar says the team is "not concerned" however, given that they still showed good performance in the closing races.

He added: "We look at the performance that we had in the last part in the last few races and the performance was good.

"We have some areas that we will need to improve on, we are aware of these areas, and now we have got time to do that.

"So, we're not concerned on that one."

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