Valtteri Bottas signs multi-year contract with Alfa Romeo – Motorsport Tribune – Motorsports

NS Luis Torres, Staff writer

Valtteri Bottas’ 2022 F1 plan was confirmed on Monday as he will be the new driver for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. Therefore, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team will remain vacant for the time being.

Kimi Raikkonen will retire at the end of the season and Bottas will be the only Finnish driver on the grid as he is ready to start a new chapter in his racing career.

“The potential for setting up in Hinville (the location of the Alfa Romeo shop) is clear, especially with the new regulations in 2022, which will give the team a chance to leap forward in performance and help lead the team to the top of the grid. I’m enjoying the opportunity, “Bottas said.

“I am grateful for the trust the team has given me and can’t wait to repay their trust. I will continue to seek results and compete for victory when the time comes. I’m hungry to do. I know Fred (Vasour) very well and look forward to meeting other members of the team I work with while building a relationship as strong as Mercedes.

“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved at Blackley and I’m completely focused on finishing my job to fight for the next World Championship, but I’m looking forward to the new challenges waiting for me next year. I am. “

Alfa Romeo team principal Frederick Vasul said having Botta on the team in 2022 would boost the entire organization. In addition to being the first season of the new car, Alfa Romeo has the ambition to move up the grid as it is currently 9th in the World Constructors’ Championship.

“I’m honored to have Valtteri on the team. I’m looking forward to traveling with him. With him, I’ll bring a strong team player with experience at the sharp edge of the grid to Hinville.” Said Vasul.

“Valtteri is an integral part of the team that rewrote the history book, and his name has four constructor world titles. He sees Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN take a step towards the forefront of the grid. The right driver to help.

“Our relationship dates back to when we worked together in a successful F3 and GP3 campaign. Since then, his talents and skills have been clear and have grown over time. He puts him down. I’m really looking forward to seeing the ability to work for the benefit of the team.

“The multi-year contract that brings him to us gives both Valtteri and the team the stability they need to build a project at a critical time for F1. We have a future ahead. I’m really excited about it. “

Bottas had a turbulent career at Mercedes, replacing Nico Rosberg, who had just won the 2016 F1 World Championship. He won all nine F1 wins, winning 17 poles in that span and playing a role in Mercedes’ undefeated Constructors’ Championship in the turbo-hybrid era.

Despite some low points, especially this season Bottas was involved in a major accident in Imola and Budapest. Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal, said moving in the other direction was not an easy decision.

“Valtteri has done a great job over the last five seasons and he has made an integral contribution to our success and growth,” said Wolff.

“With Lewis (Hamilton), he built a benchmark partnership between two teammates in the sport, a valuable weapon in our championship battles and to achieve unprecedented success. Benchmarked us.

“He will definitely deserve to stay on the team. I’m glad he chose an exciting challenge with Alpha next year and continued his career at the top level of the sport. When the time comes. He leaves us with great goodwill from all members of the team and he will be part of the Mercedes family forever. ”

Bottas brought back his 63rd career podium (54th at Mercedes) at the Dutch Grand Prix last Sunday and finished third in the 72-lap race. As a result, he finished third in the championship with nine rounds remaining.

Bottas’ goal remains clear, denying Red Bull Racing defeating “Silver Arrows” in a fierce Constructors’ title chase.

“Looking back at the time with Mercedes, I would like to take this opportunity to squeeze out all the drops and say that I left nothing on the table, and we want to make sure we finish the time together as champions. “Bottas looks back on his current tenure.

“Working with Lewis was a privilege and a great sporting challenge. Harmony of our relationship played a big role in the Constructors’ Championship, which won as a teammate later this year. It’s time to say goodbye – it’s not for now, but thanks to Toto (Wolff) and the team for respecting the way we made the decisions together.

“I’m really happy to have chosen a new challenge with the exciting and iconic maker Alfa Romeo and to have the opportunity to help bring the team to the front of the grid. I’m still as happy as ever. I’m hungry for results, and when the time comes, to compete for victory. But for now, my mission is clear. Until the final lap in Abu Dhabi, it’s the biggest attack on Mercedes. “

Mercedes has not yet confirmed the replacement of Botta, but all signs suggest that Williams Racing’s George Russell will make a leap in 2022.

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