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#1 Forghieri

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Posted 07 March 2022 - 09:22

Alex Alunni Bravi new Managing Director at Alfa Romeo Sauber

 

https://www.formulap...tas-607321.html

 

What the heck is a Managing Director?



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#2 Forghieri

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Posted 11 March 2022 - 15:43

Bottas and rookie Zhou already collaborating well, says Alfa Romeo boss Vasseur

 

https://www.formula1...b5F6u2dtlT.html



#3 FLB

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Posted 12 March 2022 - 17:05

Fred Vasseur is not happy...

 

'We'll never recover the mileage we didn't make'

 

CANAL+ F1® sur Twitter : " "On rattrapera jamais le kilométrage qu'on a pas fait" Coup dur pour Frédéric Vasseur et Alfa Romeo avec la panne de Bottas mais la performance pure est là... #F1Testing https://t.co/d0vxwpxVCi" / Twitter



#4 Disgrace

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Posted 12 March 2022 - 17:32

Getting echoes of when Prost designed their own gearbox for the first time and it pretty much sunk the entire season. I hope Alfa get on top of their own in-house gearbox soon.



#5 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 12 March 2022 - 17:55

Oh they’re running their own gearbox this year?

That explains things a bit more.

#6 Forghieri

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Posted 12 March 2022 - 18:00

Oh they’re running their own gearbox this year?

That explains things a bit more.

 

I think they designed only the external case, not the whole gearbox.

 

https://it.motorspor...errari/7773505/



#7 Radion

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Posted 12 March 2022 - 20:27

From certain angles and certain light the alpha looks like a Toyota (livery)! Anyone else noticed this?

#8 Jovanotti

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Posted 13 March 2022 - 07:29

From certain angles and certain light the alpha looks like a Toyota (livery)! Anyone else noticed this?

Absolutely, already thought it when the launch pics came out. The livery, especially on the nose, is very similar to Toyota.

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#9 ARTGP

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Posted 13 March 2022 - 07:31

I think they designed only the external case, not the whole gearbox.

https://it.motorspor...errari/7773505/


This make sense as the gear ratios have been found to be identical to Ferrari.

#10 Forghieri

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 07:15

New partner for Alfa Romeo

 

http://www.automobil...th-you,news.htm



#11 Forghieri

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Posted 15 March 2022 - 11:05

China veteran Ma Qinghua has great hopes for Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu

 

https://www.scmp.com...ceed-says-china



#12 Forghieri

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Posted 17 March 2022 - 08:23

Brazilian Roberto Faria joins Theo Pourchaire at Sauber junior team

 

https://www.formula1...xXG3lMAlj4.html



#13 Forghieri

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 10:51

Alfa Romeo extends partnerships with Marelli and Save the Children and starts new one with Puma

 

http://www.automobil...i---234970.html

http://www.automobil...y---235243.html

https://www.thecheck...ship-with-puma/



#14 motorhead

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 16:14

Promising start to season



#15 mkad

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 16:23

Things are looking surprisingly good. Top-10 should be possible, as long as the car doesn't break.



#16 ARTGP

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 16:42

Fascinating times. I think Bottas will have a pretty epic season to be honest. Out from under the mental baggage that came from being at Mercedes and losing to Hamilton. 



#17 Vesuvius

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 18:11

No surprise, the car seems to be good as was expected! Bottas said already yesterday, that they might surprise many and could compete even with Mercedes.

#18 Francesc

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 18:12

Zhou a full second slower than Bottas. I didn't expect much from him, but this is worse than I thought. Could cost Alfa badly in the WCC.



#19 ARTGP

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 18:34

Zhou a full second slower than Bottas. I didn't expect much from him, but this is worse than I thought. Could cost Alfa badly in the WCC.

 

It's nothing the Chinese sponsors can't fix  :p.

 

As an aside, I am absolutely having this Bottas redemption arc if it comes to fruition  :lol: .


Edited by ARTGP, 18 March 2022 - 18:35.


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#20 Jovanotti

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Posted 18 March 2022 - 20:34

Hopefully Sauber and Bottas can kick some ass this year :up:

#21 motorhead

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 16:37

Well this was a great session for the team. Bottas next to Hamilton and far ahead mr saturday was a bonus I didn´t except



#22 Disgrace

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 16:38

I don't have high expectations of Zhou, he is ultimately a pay driver. But that was a respectable showing to avoid going out in Q1.



#23 anyeis

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 16:40

"smart people" were pushing for Bottas to Williams..



#24 Larunss

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 16:49

Very solid job by Bottas and Zhou did not embarrass himself either.

The package seems a major step ahead. Let's see how is the operational side of the team. Should be a fun year.

#25 ARTGP

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 16:51

I am happy for Bottas. Q3 streak continues. 



#26 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 16:52

Well done AR!

#27 Squeed

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 19:43

Driver of the day in qualifying has to be Bottas.  After a severely compromised testing season, to put that car P6 is an incredible performance by driver and team. 



#28 Jovanotti

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 19:53

Great stuff from the team and Bottas, well deserved. A small part of me still thinks it's a pity Kimi isn't around anymore now that the car seems competitive, but yeah it was time to move on.

#29 KnucklesAgain

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 20:02

Well, congrats to Bottas and the team for overachieving. Bottas must be in heaven standing next to Lewis on the grid and in front of Russell :up:


Edited by KnucklesAgain, 19 March 2022 - 20:02.


#30 Starish

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 20:08

Glad to see Kimi left Alfa a good car, he tends to always do that bar the 2014 Lotus. Bottas and Kimi would have been a good partnership. 



#31 AlexS

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 21:42

Excellent effort.



#32 masa90

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 21:43

Great job by the team and Valtteri!

#33 WelshSwan

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 22:03

Excellent stuff from Bottas! Can't help but feel satisfied for him!

 

Need to give a shout out to Zhou too, were his second laptime in Q2 not deleted he would have qualified in P14 and half a second off Valterri so the massive 1.8 second gap between them in Q2 so whilst being half a second down isn't great for his first qualifying in F1 as a rookie I think he did a pretty good job. Not saying he is going to set the world alight but I have a tiny glimmer of hope that he isn't going to be worse than Mazepin, as most were expecting!



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Posted 19 March 2022 - 23:15

Brazilian Roberto Faria joins Theo Pourchaire at Sauber junior team

 

https://www.formula1...xXG3lMAlj4.html

 

Ridiculous. Nothing suggests that Faria is a talent that deserves to be in an F1 junior academy. Clearly someone who's paying to be in this academy.



#35 William Hunt

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 23:18

I don't have high expectations of Zhou, he is ultimately a pay driver. But that was a respectable showing to avoid going out in Q1.

 

True. The car is better than the position he qualified in but... it was his debut race and his team mate is a qualifying specialist. He beat two Aston Martin's, a McLaren, an AlphaTauri and a Williams. That's not bad at all.

 

If you compare Zhou's debut this year with Nikita Mazepin's debut last year then Zhou has done really great in comparison. It's his first weekend, let's give him some credit. Q2 is a good result and as someone has mentioned here he was only half a second of Bottas off (if his best time had not been deleted, he would have been 14th then).


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#36 WelshSwan

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 00:32

True. The car is better than the position he qualified in but... it was his debut race and his team mate is a qualifying specialist. He beat two Aston Martin's, a McLaren, an AlphaTauri and a Williams. That's not bad at all.

 

If you compare Zhou's debut this year with Nikita Mazepin's debut last year then Zhou has done really great in comparison. It's his first weekend, let's give him some credit. Q2 is a good result and as someone has mentioned here he was only half a second of Bottas off (if his best time had not been deleted, he would have been 14th then).

 

That someone was me! Also just seen that his DRS wasn't working so all things considered, this was a decent result for him. Obviously totally overshadowed by Bottas but I'm not ready to write him off just yet. 



#37 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 01:01

Ridiculous. Nothing suggests that Faria is a talent that deserves to be in an F1 junior academy. Clearly someone who's paying to be in this academy.

 

LOL



#38 Taxi

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 10:38

Bottas disapointing as always. Half a second  to Hamilton and qualifiyng 6th with the best car. What? He's not at Mercedes anymore?  :p



#39 WelshSwan

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 16:44

Double points finish!!!

 

Excellent race from Zhou, lots of overtakes, all clean and did not put a foot wrong! Well done kid!



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#40 anyeis

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 16:46

Looks fast and good on tires. Slightly faster than Magnussen at the end with same tires


Edited by anyeis, 20 March 2022 - 16:48.


#41 masa90

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 16:48

Good step up by the team!



#42 AlexS

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 16:54

Excellent,  i liked very much Zhou driving, he was very mature in the passing they have shown.



#43 Astandahl

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 17:06

Unfortunately, Bottas has still the same limitations. In the right window is very fast though.

Car seems really good.



#44 Massa

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 17:06

I thought it was the 4th best car today. Bottas was seriously fast to me, faster than Magnussen

#45 AlexS

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 17:13

I thought it was the 4th best car today. Bottas was seriously fast to me, faster than Magnussen

Yes, but he do not goes anywhere if he makes mistakes. I would not be surprised if at end of the year Zhou is faster than him in races.


Edited by AlexS, 20 March 2022 - 18:53.


#46 Vesuvius

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 18:09

Great start for the team. The start and racepace of Bottas was a little dissapointment (compared to friday and compared to Zhou), also Bottas couldn't overtake and didn't seem aggressive enough, but all in all they have a strong package, lets hope they will continue staying strong.

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 18:15

Alfa beaten by Haas, let that sink in.

Zhou was great against Bottas, only missed his start.



#48 Jovanotti

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 20:22

Well done, although Bottas was showing his frustrating old self on Sunday's.

#49 Amin

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Posted 20 March 2022 - 20:31

I was a bit worried after yesterday but it was great to see Zhou put in a great performance and recover from a terrible start. He's always been a better racer than qualifier, the opposite of Bottas. I think his racecraft is excellent, precise and fair (remind you of anyone?). Hopefully this gives the Zhou naysayers something to think about. 



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Posted 20 March 2022 - 20:35

Bottas was 6th, Zhou 10th. Clear difference between the drivers. The start was bad, but those things happen. He did solid recovery and was there with Magnussen to capitalise when it mattered.