On the way home
Home Grands Prix are like buses: you wait a whole year for one, and then two come along at the same time. And while there is no such thing as a Swiss Grand Prix any longer, travelling to Monza (and Mugello, next week), proudly displaying the name Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and with an Italian driver in the shape of Antonio Giovinazzi, means we can celebrate our home race not just once, but twice in two weeks (and that’s even before we head to Imola later next month).
Monza is one of those special places that claim a part of Formula One history: those timeless circuits that tell you tales of heroes of yore from the moment you step through their hallowed gates. In this place, on the doorstep of Milan and of Alfa Romeo’s historical headquarters in Arese, every corner evokes a memory – some good, some bad. For our team, it’s the place where we first scored a podium, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 1995, and where Robert Kubica first climbed to the rostrum, in 2006. Monza is the place where we finished on the podium the most times – four, an accolade shared with Canada – and where Antonio Giovinazzi produced a great performance last year to inflame the Italian fans.
The famous Italian fans – this will be what we will miss the most this year. Passionate, knowledgeable, ready to display their support with flags, chants and flares. Racing in Monza without them will be weird: it will feel like something big is missing. But race we will, and we will race for them, flying the flag from the moment we head out of the garage to the chequered flag.
We’ll give it all, as always. But we’ll give it a little bit more, because this is no regular race week. It’s home race week.