Alfa Romeo F1 team says it "f***ed up" its Monaco GP weekend in Q2

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team boss Frederic Vasseur says the team "f***ed up" its Monaco Grand Prix weekend in the second part of qualifying

Alfa Romeo F1 team says it "f***ed up" its Monaco GP weekend in Q2

Alfa had at least one car in the top 10 in all three practice sessions in Monte Carlo; Kimi Raikkonen was ninth in FP1, and his team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi earned eighth in FP2 and then an impressive sixth in FP3.

But after making it out of Q1 the two drivers could manage only 14th and 15th in Q2, with Giovinazzi then losing a further three places to a penalty for impeding.

Both drivers lost places on the first lap of the race and eventually finished well outside the points, with Raikkonen 17th and Giovinazzi - who was penalised after a clash with Robert Kubica - 19th and last of the finishers.

"I think that we lost the race in Q2," Vasseur told Autosport.

"The pace was there in FP1, FP2 and FP3, we were consistently in the top 10.

"Then between Q1 and Q2 we lost something - we were slower in Q2 compared to Q1, and considering the track improvement and so on, it's just unrealistic. Then we fucked up the weekend.

"We have to do a proper analysis of what we did well or wrong, but the pace was there at some stages of the weekend. We have to build up to the next one on this basis.

"From one session to the other you could destroy the weekend.

"It was more or less the opposite for [Carlos Jr] Sainz, he was nowhere at the beginning, and he came back [to finish sixth]."

Asked what the team had got wrong, Vasseur added: "It was more about the tyres."

Vasseur said he had no issue with Giovinazzi's incident with Kubica at Rascasse, which cost the Italian time on the road and led to 10-second penalty that he served at his pitstop.

"We had a poor first lap," added Vasseur.

"Kimi almost spun with [Racing Point driver Lance] Stroll, then Antonio also had a poor start and was stuck behind both of the Williams.

"Then it's done. He spent 15 laps behind Kubica, and at least he tried [to pass].

"We can't blame him. We know that if you have to overtake it's risky, but if you say let's stay behind you might as well just do the qualifying."

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