Alfa Romeo ‘happy and proud’ of double top 5 finish

Alfa Romeo Racing boss Frédéric Vasseur says his team was left “proud and happy” by its double top-5 finish in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix and the huge bag of points it delivered.

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi finished respectively fourth and fifth at Interlagos, a season best for the Swiss squad and its first top-5 since Belgium in 2009, or 1951 depending on whether one relates the performance to Sauber or Alfa Romeo history.

While F1’s midfield obviously benefitted from a succession of incidents that impacted several front-runners, Vasseur insisted there had been no “defining factor” behind his team’s feat.

“We can be really happy and proud with this result,” Vasseur said.

“To bring two cars in the points just outside the podium is the reward for the hard work of everyone in the team.

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“We didn’t let our head drop in the races where we were unlucky and now we can celebrate our best result of the season.

“There was no defining factor today: everyone did a great job – in the cockpit, in the pitstops, on the pitwall and back at base.

“We have made a lot of progress in the last few races, but it wasn’t until today that it showed.”