Giovinazzi ignoring Alfa Romeo team orders "not ideal" after costing point

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Alfa Romeo head of trackside engineering Xevi Pujolar has conceded Antonio Giovinazzi ignoring team orders at the Turkish Grand Prix was "not ideal".
Ewan Gale

Wednesday 13 October 2021 13:45



Giovinazzi was asked to move aside for a fast-charging Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race with a points-finish available to the team.

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The Italian, whose future is as yet unconfirmed at the team, did not cede position despite his team-mate's better pace and eventually finished just seven-tenths shy of Esteban Ocon in 10th.

Explaining the situation after the race, Pujolar said: "We asked to swap positions but then, at this point, Antonio started to pick up the pace and he decided himself that he wanted to stay ahead.

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