March 14th, 2023

2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Preview

Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake heads to Jeddah for the second round of the 2023 Formula One World Championship, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. After a good showing in the season opener, the team will aim to continue its point-scoring streak on the street circuit snaking along the Jeddah Corniche.


Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Representative: “Scoring points on debut was a great way to kick-off our season, a reward for the hard work done by everyone in the team over the winter and a confirmation of the progress we have made. We must not rest on our laurels though, as we had proof in Bahrain of how tight the field around us is this year, and how just a few tenths can make a huge difference in terms of results. We know that, if we do our homework right and take advantage of the full potential of our car, we have the chance to keep improving and achieve even better results, and this is what we set out to do this weekend: we need to be on top of our game when it comes to execution as we have the opportunity to bring home more points. It will be an important weekend also outside the garage, as we have a busy programme of activations with some of our key partners: we are leaving no stone unturned both on and off the track.”

Valtteri Bottas (Car 77): “We have been off to a great start in Bahrain, scoring a top-ten finish at the first race of the season. We were among the top five teams for the entirety of the race, and also gave proof of excellent teamwork throughout the weekend. Still, as always, there is room for improvement. Coming into Jeddah, we must keep up the momentum and put the focus on continuing the good work done until now. Our colleagues back home in Hinwil are working hard on getting upgrades ready for the next few races, as we focus on progressing and on bringing home more good results for the team. Our car is strong, and we know we can put up a decent fight against our competitors. Once again, attention to details will be essential to be on the front foot from the start of the weekend.”

Zhou Guanyu (Car 24): “Starting the season with points was a good motivation for the team, myself included – I was happy to give my contribution by scoring the fastest lap and taking a point off our rivals. As we go to Saudi Arabia for the second round of the championship, I feel hungry and determined to open up my points tally for the season as well. In Bahrain, our car felt better day after day, which showed we are heading in the right direction: we must keep finding the margins to keep our progression going and improve even more. We can already predict the field is going to be tight once again, but if we manage to extract all possible performance from our car and team, I see no reason why we shouldn’t aim even higher this weekend.”