Valtteri Bottas is an experienced F1 driver who has been in F1 for many years. His Alfa Romeo team-mate Zhou Guanyu has shown maturity this season, and the Finn had to praise his colleague. “The biggest strength this year has been that he really hasn’t made any mistakes,” Bottas told Motorsport.com.
“It’s not guaranteed as a rookie, and it’s a sport where it’s easy to try too much and too hard and make silly mistakes. But he’s been good on giving himself some time to develop and not wanting things too quickly.
He’s been able to progress step by step, both in qualifying pace and then in race pace. His technical knowledge is getting better and better, he’s getting more confident on choosing the set-up for him. It’s been good to see the progress”.
Bottas believes that they must support each other and strive for great things. "We can work together really well. That’s important for a team that is trying to make progress, because if you have team-mates that are crashing into each other on-track, it’s not helping anything”.
Alfa Romeo F1 boss Frederic Vasseur had to mention reliability which was one of the main problems. “This cost him a lot of points at the beginning of the season,” Vasseur said. “The target was to reach some Q2s, and he reached Q2 at the first event, and scored points at the first event.
He was fighting with the top 10 on-track at the first event. And then he was even a bit faster in some qualis than Valtteri. He’s still improving. He has a much better understanding of the car, and a much better understanding of F1.
We have to keep in mind also that he had to learn some tracks, which was not an easy challenge. But he’s doing well. For me, there was no reason to change [driver]”.