Formula One returns to Azerbaijan after a one-year, Covid-induced hiatus: one year away from the square corners, tight confines and impossibly long and fast final sector of the Baku City Circuit that did only make us look forward to this race even more.
Races in this venue have a knack for surprises: plenty of thrills and spills peppered previous editions and there’s every chance this year’s, too, will turn out to be a classic. In any case, chaos or not, the team heads to the shores of the Caspian Sea with their heads held high and the quiet confidence of a squad that, having finally opened their point tally in Monaco, is ready for more.
First Q3 of the season – check. First top ten finish of 2021 – check. Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN have demonstrated the team’s relentless progress is allowing Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi to fight for places in the upper half of the field both on Saturday and Sunday and there’s no reason for the fun to stop now.
A circuit like the one in Baku should allow for all the overtaking we didn’t get in Monaco: opportunities to pass are definitely available around the 6 km track, in particular on and at the end of the endless final straight. As always, the battle will be close in the midfield, but we’re ready to show all we can do: fighting in the streets has never been this appealing.