2023 Monaco Grand Prix - Preview
Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake returns to action in the narrow streets of Monte Carlo for one of the most famous, prestigious and fascinating events in the Formula One calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix.
Following last week’s decision not to race in Imola, due to the floods affecting the Emilia Romagna region, the team is keen to return to the track and continue its progression on a circuit like no other, a unique challenge for the drivers and their machinery.
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative: “Calling off the Grand Prix in Imola was ultimately the right decision to make, given the difficult situation the Emilia Romagna region endured. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected and who are dealing with the aftermath of the floods: and we are ready to join Formula One in contributing to the relief effort. We were of course looking forward to racing in Imola, and this is just giving us more motivation for this weekend’s race in Monaco. The extra week we spent back at base in Hinwil was used to continue working hard on improving our car and its performance as we head to Monaco. What has effectively become the first European race of the season will be where we bring the upgrades originally meant for Imola. With its iconic corners and scenery, the Monaco Grand Prix is easily the most famous Formula One race – and one where everyone wants to do well. Even more so than usually, the streets of the Principality are a venue that reward attention to detail and precision: we must build on the improvements shown in Miami at the start of the month and continue in that direction from Friday onwards.”
Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “As much as we were all very keen to race, not going ahead with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix has been the right call. I send all my sympathy and support to the affected populations, and I look forward to being back in Imola in the future. Monaco is a race that needs no introduction: it’s just special, and it’s also racing at home so I’m looking forward to being able to sleep in my bed! I’m very motivated to do well here, where you have to give it all and push your performances to the limit. The single-lap pace we showed in Miami was an improvement compared to previous races, and it could be crucial on a track where qualifying performance is so important. There is still some work to be done – and the team took the time since Miami to keep working on developing our car. We will keep pushing forward, aiming to further improve our performance, and add more points to our tally.”
Zhou Guanyu (Car 24): “The conditions to go ahead with the race in Imola just weren’t there, and the commitment to safety must always come first. I wish all my best to everyone who has been affected by the floods – I spent a lot of time in Italy a few years ago, and I have very fond memories of my time there. I am looking forward to the race in Monaco, it’s the one Grand Prix where everyone wants to do well, and where every small detail can make the difference. We showed some progress in Miami, and we must keep up with the momentum as there are still improvements to make. We were set to bring upgrades to the C43 in Imola, and we will have them in Monaco this weekend. Hopefully, they’ll help us making a positive change and getting back in the points.”