The final Sprint
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN heads to Interlagos for the first event in the final back-to-back of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix. The race in Sao Paulo will also feature the final Sprint of the year, giving the team an extra chance to score vital points to secure sixth place in the constructors’ championship.
There is a lot at stake in Brazil, a lot of points to fight for on a track where important pages of the history of motorsport were written. From Senna’s heroics in 1991 to the joy and heartbreak of many title-deciding races – 2007, 2008, 2012 come to mind – Interlagos is an iconic piece of Formula One lore. The adoring fans, the layout that barely changed since the big overhaul of 1990, the unpredictable weather conditions – so much conspires to make this race unique.
This year, Brazil has a special meaning for the team. The big prizes on offer, the drivers’ and constructors’ crowns, may have been assigned, but the fight for our position is well and truly on. Mexico was a fightback, a great qualifying performance paired by a points finish on Sunday: it’s a building block, something to aim for as a starting point for the weekend in Sao Paulo.
The extra opportunity offered by the Sprint race on Saturday is another thing to contend with at a crucial juncture of the season. With two races to go, it’s something that upsets the balances: opportunity, sure, if used well – but potential jeopardy to fight against. The team will approach the weekend aware of this, focused on delivering the best possible performance, to build another block on the way to securing sixth place and to stave off attacks from the outside: ready to build on the momentum from Mexico City ahead of the grand finale of Abu Dhabi.
This weekend may be the last occasion the Saturday event takes place this season: but for our team, the final Sprint goes all the way to the floodlights of Yas Marina.