The Italian’s afternoon was badly compromised as he needed to depend on handbook alerts from his pit board, which inevitably lacked the type of element required to correctly handle his race.
It additionally contributed to him being one of many final drivers to pit within the rain within the closing laps, with solely Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc coming in after him.
After shedding grid positions with a gearbox penalty – which dropped him to seventeenth – Giovinazzi’s race went unsuitable on after contact with the Haas of Mick Schumacher left him in nineteenth on the finish of the primary lap. He was ultimately labeled sixteenth.
“I had contact with I do not know who in Flip 2, and I misplaced slightly little bit of place there,” he stated.
“I had no radio from lap one, so it was unattainable to speak with the group, and it was only a troublesome race with the gasoline saving.
“I attempted to look at my pit on the primary straight to see what I must do, however with out the radio it was only a mess.
“After which additionally with the rain in the long run I had no communication. It was only a silence race for myself, so only a troublesome race from lap one.
“It was additionally troublesome to overhaul, so I misplaced lots of time there. Then after I was in free air the tempo was good. However we misplaced lots of laps.”
After robust qualifying classes within the final two races at Zandvoort and Monza, Giovinazzi wanted a superb race in Russia to maintain his fading hopes of hanging onto the Alfa seat alive, and a crash in follow and his troubled Sunday afternoon did him few favours.
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, and Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing RB16B, run huge firstly as Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02, and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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“This weekend was a bit tougher,” Alfa group boss Fred Vasseur instructed Autosport.
“We had a difficulty with the brakes yesterday. I do not need to say that the race was dangerous in any respect, as a result of we had too many points. The primary one was the contact at Flip 1.
“Mick hit the rear of Antonio, he went straight, he broken the ground after which he was caught behind the group.
“After which we misplaced the radio communication from the start, so we needed to present the sign the quaint manner.
“As quickly as it’s important to give orders about administration and so forth, it is troublesome. You possibly can’t give as many particulars as when you find yourself talking, and you may’t say that it’s important to save tyres or gasoline at this stage.
“He was not in a position to converse in any respect. And in the beginning we had been in a position to converse with him, after which he misplaced utterly the communication.”
Relating to Giovinazzi’s hopes of hanging onto the seat Vasseur stated: “You do not have to concentrate to 1 session.
“Over the previous few weekends the tempo was actually good in quali in Zandvoort and Monza, and this weekend I feel that the tempo was okay on Friday.”