2023 Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Preview
Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake heads to the shores of the Caspian Sea for round four of the 2023 Formula One World Championship, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The team will aim to extend its points-scoring streak as Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu take on the challenge of the Baku City Circuit.
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative: “Three weeks away from the track meant we had a chance to regroup and focus on the work we need to do for the next few races. It’s been an intense start of the season, in which we scored in two out of three races, and it’s been good for the team to have some time to analyse our performances and see in which areas we can make improvements. We have made steps forward compared to last year – our reliability, just to name one – but we know we need to keep working hard to be competitive in such a tight field. We head into the first sprint of the season knowing that anything can happen on this track. We saw how quickly a race can change in Melbourne, and once again we will need to be at our best to maximise the potential of our car and of any opportunities that may arise.”
Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “I am looking forward to getting back to racing this weekend. Baku is a place I like – I’ve won this race and been on the podium here before – and I want to get a good result this time around as well. My focus, as well as that of the team, is on keeping improving: the season is still long, and there are still many points to be scored. I used the three weeks’ break to get prepared to be at my best. It is going to be interesting to race in the sprint here, and I am looking forward to this challenge. We have looked into the last few races, and we have been working really hard to get back to the level we showed in Bahrain. I am confident we have what it takes to improve: if we all do our homework, we can be in the mix for another points finish.”
Zhou Guanyu (Car 24): “Scoring my first points of the season in Australia was a good motivation boost – just what was needed before heading into the three-weeks break. Still, it wasn’t holiday time for us: we kept working hard, in the sim and at the factory, as we all need to do to make further steps forward ahead of the upcoming races. I quite enjoy Baku and its unpredictability – and we must consider the sprint race element being added to the mix. I am keen to keep up the work I did in Melbourne, where I had a solid, clean race, and aim for another top ten finish. It’s going to be tight, as it always is this year, and a tenth or two could make a real difference in terms of placements, but we have a chance to do well here.”