Where it all began
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN returns to Silverstone, the venue of the first-ever Formula One championship race, for the British Grand Prix. On the hallowed ground where Alfa Romeo triumphed in 1950, Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will be looking to write another glorious page of the marque’s history this weekend.
The team returns to action after a week off, but still carried by the enthusiasm following the good performance in Canada. Getting two cars in the points in Montreal was a boost – for the team’s confidence, for our drivers and for the championship standings – and the team hopes to repeat this feat in Silverstone.
A successful day in Northamptonshire would suit the Alfa Romeo brand, the Italian marque having an indissoluble bond with the British circuit. Here, in that fateful first race in 1950, Alfa cars came home in first, second and third, courtesy of Nino Farina, Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell: it was the start of a cavalcade that would see Farina crowned World Champion at the end of the year and the team claim a victory in every race it contested.
It’s been a great couple of weeks for the team: just days after the result in Canada, with the celebrations for the 112th birthday of Alfa Romeo ongoing, Valtteri took to the streets of Milan in an F1 car and Zhou sprinted with the new Alfa Romeo Tonale on the legendary Goodwood hill. There has been plenty to be happy about – but we want to keep going. To bring home a good result in Silverstone, a place that means so much to us, would be the perfect way to honour this great tradition.