Valtteri Bottas was delighted after arriving at Alfa Romeo. It seems like Bottas is much more respected in the new team. “I really feel a big part of the team,” Bottas tells The Race. “And it’s been really nice to have proper authority on things.
“If I ask for something it happens, and everyone really listens. And I’ve been able to motivate some people. “It’s just a really motivated and good feeling in the team now, everyone is really trying hard.
That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do but of course, the results, like at first race, scoring those points, you could see how uplifting it was for people, and that helps. “I’m really happy how things are going with the team and my role.
“I feel like I’m not just driving the car. I feel like I am a bit more than that. “I’m not just a driver, but also an important team member”. In Mercedes, he couldn’t have the role of leader next to Lewis Hamilton.
“Absolutely,” says Bottas. “It was always quite difficult in the past to really step up. And I think Lewis also in a team is quite a dominant person in a way. “It was pretty clear that I couldn’t have the same role there as what I have here”.
Vasseur on Bottas
Vasseur is aware that Bottas feels much better in the new team because it is easier for him to work together when he has the role of leader. His arrival turned out to be a great option for Alfa Romeo as well as for him.
This seems to be a winning chemistry. We will see if it will be shown on the Formula 1 tracks as well. “For Valtteri, it was a new job description,” says Vasseur. “A new position, new role. And he was keen to do the move.
“This was part of the positive side of our discussion. I was looking for someone like this. He was looking for this kind of position. That fitted together. “When you are the team-mate of Lewis or Max [Verstappen] it’s quite natural that the team is going first to Max or Lewis.
“It’s not that they are not considering the [other driver] but at the end, you are the second one. “I don’t want to say that we have a first one and a second one, but I think that for the team, it’s good to have someone acting or showing direction, playing this kind of role”.