Doubling down in Northamptonshire
Few places on the Formula One calendar embody the spirit of the sport as well as Silverstone does. The British track, host to the first ever world championship race in 1950, is almost synonym with motorsport: as Formula One celebrated its 1000th race last year, we reminisced at length about that inaugural race in 1950 – won, of course, by Nino Farina in an Alfetta 158.
As the dominant force in the opening seasons of the world championship, the Alfa Romeo brand also wrote some historical pages in the sport – and therefore goes hand in hand with the British venue. And while the circuit, with its gleaming Wing towering on the start-finish straight, is a world apart from the bumpy airfield that saw that inaugural race take place, the feeling of being in a special place remains.
That’s a good thing, then, since we’ll be staying there for two weeks as Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, two events in a fortnight on the fast Northamptonshire circuit. Silverstone is called home by seven of the ten Formula One teams, which are based in a small radius, known as Motorsport Valley, around the circuit. As we make the trip from Switzerland, however, we won’t feel like outliers. We’ve conquered this place before – it feels like home already.