Valtteri Bottas says that it is important for him to leave Mercedes as the champion in the constructors' championship for the 2021 season, but the driver of the German team is also looking forward to the next season in which he will have a rookie for a teammate.
The Finnish driver will sit in the cockpit of the Mercedes car only two more races: the Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia and the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, after which he goes to Alfa Romeo. Since coming to Mercedes - the 2017 season - Valteri has been an extremely strong link for the German team in winning the construction championship.
Bottas failed in his goal, which was: to win the title in the premier class. However, the Finnish driver played a very important role in Mercedes when they won titles in both championships. Coming to the German team, the 32-year-old took part in winning four titles in the constructors' championship in a row, and he was of great help when it comes to the driver's title.
The Finn now wants to give another good performance in the last two races, to leave Mercedes with another title in the constructors ’championship. “It’s an important thing for me,” Bottas said. "Even though I know I'm leaving, I'm still not giving up on any of the goals and what we have for this year."
“The fifth [constructor title] together in a row would be something really special. [That] would be better than four, so that's definitely the goal, and that's the motivation for me to keep pushing, ”he added.
Looking towards 2022
Bottas ’focus is also on the new era of Formula 1, which takes effect next year. Valtteri will have a newcomer to the premier grid: Guanyu Zhou at Alfa Romeo, where he will find his new path to better results.
"Obviously we will meet him at Alfa next year," he added. "I am just happy to be working with him. I don't know him as well as a person yet, I'm not sure I've ever met him well, but I've obviously seen him in F2, ”he explains.
“He has been there for several years, and this year he did some good races in particular, and [he] had good results and good consistency. He is quite young, but he had a few good years in singles, so the potential certainly exists, ”concluded Valtteri.
Bottas and Zhou will form a completely new Alfa Roma driver line-up for the 2022 season, replacing Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen, who is retiring from Formula One.