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PALMER: How did Alfa Romeo’s brilliant Saturday turn into such a disappointing Sunday in Hungary?

Former F1 Driver

Jolyon Palmer
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 22: Sparks fly behind Zhou Guanyu of China driving the (24) Alfa Romeo F1

Alfa Romeo missed a golden opportunity to bag some big points on Sunday, given their strong pace and lofty Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying positions. For teams further down in the championship the opportunity to start fifth and seventh doesn’t come along too often, so their rivals will be breathing a sigh of relief that the Swiss squad couldn’t add to their points tally in Budapest.

But how did such a promising Saturday turn into such a disappointing Sunday? For Zhou Guanyu – who had qualified a career-best P5 for this race – it began with bad luck. His car had a software override for a brake issue, which cut the engine power just before the lights went out.



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