Valtteri Bottas took his fifth points finish of the season at the Spanish GP, continuing his fantastic run of form in 2022.
Finishing sixth place meant Bottas took the title of "best of the rest", even though Alfa's two-stop strategy likely denied the Finn an even better finish.
Regardless, Bottas was pleased with Alfa Romeo's progress and the efficiency of the new upgrade package that made its debut in Spain.
A reliability issue at Saudi Arabia is the only reason Bottas hasn't scored points at every round this year, and Alfa Romeo has shown they are consistently among the top performers in the midfield.
The Finn gave his analysis of Alfa Romeo's current position, as quoted by motorsportweek:
"It's nice that we can battle with the big teams, at times, so that's good, and we also seem to have a pretty good gap for the cars behind.
We made really good progress this weekend, and that's thanks to the upgrades we brought here.
Also, this type of track doesn't play to our strengths, so I think we could be better next week."
Unlike other teams who brought several upgrades to Catalunya (McLaren, Aston Martin), Alfa Romeo comfortably had the pace to secure points at the Spanish GP
However, Valtteri Bottas is targeting an even better result at the upcoming Monaco GP:
"It's a very different circuit to this one, and I'll be already in the simulator [on Monday], but I really believe it will suit our car strengths pretty well, so I've got big hopes for the next weekend.
It should be one of the best tracks on the calendar for our car. For sure the upgrades we brought for this weekend will also help us there, and with a nice big rear wing, we should be good in Monaco."