June 27th, 2023

2023 Austrian Grand Prix - Preview

Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake travels to Austria for round ten of the 2023 Formula One World Championship. On the back of two top-ten finishes, the team will head to Styria to extend its positive streak and continue to extract performance from its C43 car.

Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative: “As we head to Austria, we are determined to keep up with the positive trend we have been showing in recent races. Coming back from Canada with one more point to our name was a valuable reward for the team, and we know every point could potentially make the difference at the end of the season. We had good race pace in Montreal, proving the C43 can fight for the top ten. Our focus, now, is on improving our qualifying performances, and the team has been working hard on this goal in the past weeks: our race pace is good and higher places on the grid can ease the job in the pursuit for points. The Austrian Grand Prix will host the second Sprint event of the year, and we are fully aware of how it can add unpredictability to the mix: with just one practice session available, it will be crucial to execute everything to our best.”

Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “The top ten finish the team achieved in Canada made us even more motivated. Our objective is to keep up with our good form and extend our points streak. Throughout my career, I have always enjoyed racing here in Spielberg: I have scored some good results here – including my first podium and two wins. With the Sprint event format, and less practice time on track, it will be important to get the feeling right with the car from the very start, and build on that, especially when it comes to qualifying. We know we have the potential to do well, and if we keep doing our job, we will remain in the battle for the top ten.”

Zhou Guanyu (Car 24): “As we head to Austria, I am keen to get back to the good performances we have shown recently. There are still several races to go, and plenty of points within our grasp if we keep making progress. The upgrade package we have introduced a few races ago is making a difference, and I am ready to give all my best on track to extract its potential to the fullest. We know how just a tenth could make a great difference in qualifying: during a Sprint weekend, this is even more significant. We must keep focused, and remain at the top of our game all weekend long: this way, we will achieve even better results.”