The year of grace was 2015. The championship was that of the European F3, which reached the track of Zandvoort in mid-July, in support of the DTM series. On that weekend, the star of Antonio Giovinazzi, capable of winning one of the three races of the weekend and finishing second in the other two. A flash then replicated in the Masters of Formula 3 of the same year, always held at the historic Dutch plant. In the three rival championship races of the Martina Franca driver there were – among others – the various George Russell, Charles Leclerc and Lance Stroll.
Today, six years later, the standard bearer ofAlfa Romeo returns to the Netherlands with something to prove. The Biscione brand must be brought back up, sunk by the new – double – points placing of Williams at Spa, which now seems to be closing the doors to the race for eighth place among the constructors. And also from defend a seat in the Circus for 2022, with more and more voices that would like the Italian ousted by the Bottas-De Vries duo. “Zandvoort is a place where I have good memories. I had a really strong weekend there in 2015 when I was in F3 – he recalled – I won the first race and finished second in the other two. Then later in that year I also won the Masters do F3 there. This weekend will be a whole other story though, it’s a normal weekend with the added challenge of having to learn the circuit with this machine. We have to be ready and optimize what we have to get a good result. It would be a great boost in view of Monza “.
“It is always interesting to drive on a new circuit, especially one that is based on an ‘old school’ track like Zandvoort – commented Kimi Raikkonen – It’s too early to say what the race will be like or what the track will be like, but that means we’ll have to make the most of Friday’s sessions to make sure we get to qualifying as ready as possible. Except for having to learn the track, the weekend will be pretty much like any other. I don’t expect big surprises“.