Hoping for Turkish delight
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN heads to Turkey for round 16 of the 2021 championship. This weekend’s race will see the team return to the scene of one of the most spectacular events of last season, when a combination of rain, smooth-as-mirrors tarmac and conservative tyre allocation produced one of the most exciting races of the year.
It was also an event that marked a special milestone for the team: on its 500th race weekend, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN went on to record the first Q3 appearance of the year, with Kimi Räikkönen in 8th and Antonio Giovinazzi in 10th place. On Sunday, things wouldn’t work out for the team – a technical issue stopping Antonio, while Kimi finished outside the points – but that was then.
We approach this year’s race on the back of our strongest result, with Kimi bringing four valuable points home with P8 in Sochi. In the deluge that opened up with a few laps to go, driver and team kept their cool to leapfrog their opponents and score the first top-ten finish since Baku, a long-overdue result that had often eluded us for the smallest margins.
Historical recourses are not a reliable predictor, nor is any weekend in Formula One a direct result of the preceding one: finishing in the points in Sochi, however, is a big morale and confidence boost for everyone in Hinwil and trackside. As Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN head to Istanbul, we’re determined to keep this feeling going.