A few moments ago, Alfa Romeo confirmed Valtteri Bottas as its new driver. The Finn will sign a multi-year contract with this Swiss-Italian team, where he is coming instead of his compatriot Kimi Raikkonen. After 5 years in Mercedes, Bottas will ‘move’ to Alfa, where he will replace Kimi Raikkonen, who announced his retirement from the sport on the eve of the Dutch Grand Prix.
He should be replaced in the Mercedes by George Russell, Williams' current driver. "This is a new chapter in my career and I'm excited to be coming to Alfa Romeo in 2022, which will be my new challenge with an iconic manufacturer like this."
Bottas finally got what he was looking for: a long-term contract with the team and a secure future in F1. Since arriving at Mercedes in 2017, he has been constantly signing one-year contract extensions and his future on the team has never been 100% certain.
Right now he could have additional motivation, because he has been mentioning that long-term contract for a long time. Maybe the new environment will make Bottas much better than he was, because in a team like Alfa there is less pressure, but also a weaker car.
"I know Fred very well and I'm looking forward to meeting the whole team. I want to build strong relationships like the ones I have in Mercedes." "I am proud of what I did at Brackley and I am focused on finishing my job in the fight for another title, but I am also looking forward to the new challenge that awaits me next year, ”said Bottas.
Alfa's boss Vasseur said Bottas is a ‘strong team player’ with a lot of experience. "Valtteri was a very important part of the team that wrote new pages of history and in addition to his name he has 4 construction titles."
Vasseur has tremendous confidence in Bottas and the rest of the team and is obviously happy with his arrival. Vasseur is aware of the qualities Bottas has and that he could make their team much stronger "He is the right driver to help Alfa take a step forward towards the top of the grid.
We have known each other for a very long time. We have worked successfully in F3 and GP3. His skills have been well known since then and have only grown over time, ”Vasseur said. Alfa has confirmed that Bottas has signed a multi-year contract which gives both them and Bottas the time and stability they need.