May 16th, 2023

2023 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Preview

Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake arrives in Imola for the next round of the 2023 Formula One World Championship, in one of the sport’s most iconic and historical venues, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari on the bank of the Santerno river.

It’s Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake’s first of two visits to Italy this season, ahead of the race in Monza in September: the team will be keen to celebrate the Imola weekend alongside its partner, Alfa Romeo, in its home race.

Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative: “We head to Imola looking forward to another step in terms of performance. Every one of us has been working hard in the time since Miami: the home team in Hinwil has invested considerable time and resources into getting some important upgrades ready in time for this race and it will be crucial to evaluate them and extract the most out of them to gain some competitiveness. Imola is obviously an important race for us: it’s the first of our home races for the season and we are looking forward to seeing so many fans cheering for us on the grandstands – they can make a big difference. We can’t wait to welcome our partners back in our hospitality – our home away from home, and we want to honour Alfa Romeo on their home ground. All of this gives us an extra motivation boost and we can’t wait to turn that into performance on track.”

Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “I am really looking forward to getting back on track in Imola: the team has been flat out working on the car and we are bringing new parts for our car here – hopefully they’ll help us to make an improvement and get back in the fight for points. It is also one of our two home races of the season, and to do well for ourselves and Alfa Romeo in front of our home crowd would be great. I have good memories from last year in Imola: it was our best result of 2022 and one that proved to be very important by the end of the season. It’s always great to race here, on an old-school track with so much history. We already showed some progress in Miami, where our single-lap pace was definitely better than in previous races, but there is still work to do. We must keep pushing forward, aiming to continue improving in both qualifying and the race.”

Zhou Guanyu (Car 24): “It was good to see the team showing some progress in Miami, even though there are still some improvements we need to make. The team back at base in Hinwil has been working nonstop on the upgrades for our C43: it’s been a big effort from everyone involved and I am very keen to be back on track and see what we can achieve. It is always an honour to be racing in such an historic venue as Imola, supported by the passion of the fans on the grandstands. It’s also a home race for our team, which makes it even more special. It will be a tough challenge, as it always is, but we are confident and motivated to make a positive change and get back in the mix to battle for points on Sunday.”