On the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 5 points separated Aston Martin F1 from Alfa Romeo in the constructors’ championship. And according to Mike Krack, the Silverstone-based team principal, rival drivers have sometimes behaved borderline on track.
The Luxembourg leader mentions in particular Valtteri Bottas, who would have adopted a strategy « very defensive » in order to « playing with green cars. »
Aston Martin F1 finally placed its two drivers in the top 10 and returned to level points in the championship, but it was Alfa Romeo who finished sixth thanks to Bottas’ fourth place at Imola.
However, Krack does not want his team to be frustrated after this result.
« I think we shouldn’t be frustrated. It was a great end to the season overall and it could have gone either way. »
“For me, Alfa Romeo were completely focused on us. Some of their maneuvers were a bit on the edge, but we anticipated that it could happen, so we knew we would have to be careful if we went over them. And I think both of our drivers did very well. »
Krack understands Vettel’s disappointment
For his last race in Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel had a very successful Grand Prix but lost a lot of time by staying on track too long. The German was a little annoyed with his side’s strategy but Krack defended the decision to only make one save.
« It was not easy choosing to make one or two pit stops before the race. In the end, I would say we maximized our chances. »
« And we didn’t take Alfa Romeo into account. I understand why Sebastian was a bit frustrated, he saw his team-mate, on a different strategy, overtaking him. »
It was then Daniel Ricciardo who, by finishing 6 tenths ahead of Vettel, deprived the team of an additional point and therefore of sixth place in the championship.
« That’s also why we wanted to last as long as possible on the track at the start, because it gave us a tire advantage at the end of the race with a staggered strategy, » continues Krack.
« That’s always the problem you have. Everything went as planned, but you lose a second here, a second there, and that’s the problem, you’re not ahead of any of them. between them. »
« So from that perspective, he wasn’t miles behind Lance at the end of the race, but probably the double stop was the best strategy for us. »