The 2021 Formula 1 season is proving to be fun and hard-fought not only at the top, where Red Bull and Mercedes compete for the drivers ‘and constructors’ world titles, but also in the rear. In fact, for the first time in several years, a real and open battle is taking place to avoid the last place in the ranking reserved for teams. Williams, Alfa Romeo And Haas they are challenging each other in a battle without quarter with the aim of collecting those few points that can make the difference at the end of the year to define the ranking. To a distracted viewer this might seem like an unimportant fight, but that’s not the case at all.
In fact, between eighth, ninth and tenth position in the standings they dance million dollars of difference. Money, these, which represent a fundamental need for smaller and less rich stables, especially in times of cost quotas. In the last two years, Alfa Romeo has always managed to regulate the two rivals – Haas and Williams – ahead of them in the championship in both 2019 and 2020. This year, however, the GP of Hungary to upset the hierarchies. With so many top team riders eliminated in the initial carom, a tempting chance has opened up for the team at the bottom of the grid.
However, Alfa Romeo and Haas, for different reasons, failed to seize this important opportunity. Williams, on the other hand, took advantage of it to perfection, taking home a rich loot of 10 points. Nicholas Latifi, seventh at the finish, recognized the German site Speedweek the luck he and his teammate George Russell had. The Canadian, however, also remarked how opportunities, when they arise, must be seized on the fly.
“Such a great team result is fabulous for Williams – commented Latifi – Alfa Romeo and Haas had the same opportunity, but failed to score important points. Securing the first points of the F1 career is an indescribably wonderful feeling. Finding ourselves in eighth place in the constructors’ standings, we may be able to take more strategic risks in the second half of the season, but this does not mean that we are flying fancy. We know: on a normal day we finish around 12th place. But Formula 1 is also about seizing opportunities. We succeeded in Hungary “.
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