Valtteri Bottas left the streets of Azerbaijan a confused figure, unable to identify the cause for his fundamental lack of speed at the Baku circuit.
Alfa Romeo has consistently scored points this season, with a DNF at Jeddah denying Bottas a 100% points record before Baku.
Neither C42 machine would bring home points from Azerbaijan, however, as Bottas detailed his difficulties to gpfans.com:
"It almost feels like something is fundamentally wrong because we were so off the expected lap times and pace. Even Williams were faster than us at the end of the race, which is not where our car should be."
The Finn also commented on a lack of rear grid throughout the weekend, which contributed to his generally lack-lustre pace.
Zhou Guanyu was objectively faster than Valtteri Bottas throughout the weekend of running at Baku, outqualifying the former Mercedes driver before overtaking him in the race prior to his retirement.
Alfa Romeo will look to evaluate various aspects of their Baku struggles, with a specific emphasis on the reliability woes that have plagued both drivers.
With Alpine's Fernando Alonso now converting strong pace into points and the McLaren duo again showing their ability to secure double-points finishes, Alfa must respond quickly in the fight at the front of the midfield.