A classic reimagined
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN returns to action at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. The team will be aiming to turn the good performance of the last few weeks into points as it races around the short, fast track of Spielberg, a venue with a long and glorious history in the sport and that underwent drastic changes over the years.
Just like this track, Austria is a country that mixes tradition and modernity like no other. It’s a place where the dirndl meets haute couture; where the Wienerschnitzel lives alongside fusion dining. Loving things that are done as they’ve always been doesn’t mean not appreciating the impetus coming from the new, from the exotic, from the unexpected. Austria has an Alpine heart but retains the soul of an empire that brought together people, ethnicities, cultures. It’s a place bringing together Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Mark Ronson’s Valerie (knowing both would have appreciated Amy Winehouse). It’s both extremely classic, and extremely badass.
What once was the Österreichring, and then became the A1 Ring, is now the Red Bull Ring. A reinterpretation of a classic, now an epic venue on its own right. It’s a track drivers and teams know so well, having raced here twice each year in 2020 and 2021, as the calendar recovered from its pandemic shock. It’s a track that, in its various guises, recalls icons of the sport, from Niki Lauda to Mika Häkkinen, from Alain Prost to our very own Valtteri Bottas, who triumphed here twice.
Austria is a classic reimagined: a traditional name who still lives up to the hype and reinvents itself for the future, not unlike Alfa Romeo. The history of the Austrian Grand Prix is long and prestigious – time to write another page of it this weekend.