We’re back in a land down under
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN made the long trek around the planet to reach Melbourne for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. It’s a welcome return for Albert Park, which Formula One last visited in 2020 – the race that never was, as the sport abandoned the event on Friday, before a wheel was turned, Covid became a household name and the pandemic became part of our daily lives.
Lots has happened since: two full seasons of racing, thrills and spills, new tracks and new faces. We travel to Melbourne to find a new Albert Park, too, as the circuit layout went through the biggest changes since its inclusion in the calendar in 1996: changes aimed at making it faster, better for overtaking and for delivering a show to the level of the two incredible races that opened this 2022 season.
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN reaches Australia in a confident mood: sure that the C42 will perform around this track; convinced that points are in our sights if we deliver a flawless weekend; safe in the knowledge drivers, crew and team back at base are working in unison to bring home a good result.
The team scored points in its last Albert Park outing, in 2019. It was a race won by Valtteri Bottas, the reigning ruler of the Australian Grand Prix, at the start of a season which would see Zhou Guanyu make his F2 debut. It feels like a long time ago, and it is – both in chronological and figurative sense. It’s 2022 now, and we are the most confident we’ve been in ages. To whom it may concern, we’re back down under and we mean business.