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If he lost his seat at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas will be able to continue his career in Formula 1. The Finn could not resist the promising George Russell – who should be confirmed shortly – to keep his wheel in the seven-time world champion team, with which he is forged a record that would make many envious: 17 pole positions and 63 podiums including nine victories.

“I am proud of what I have accomplished at Brackley and I am fully focused on finishing the job as we fight for another World Championship.”, says Bottas, who has never managed to reach the level of his formidable teammate Lewis Hamilton. “However, I also look to the new challenges that lie ahead for me next year.”

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Indeed, Bottas will now try to bounce back with a very different challenge within a team which is currently playing at the bottom of the table but which has great ambitions, Alfa Romeo. The Nordic replaces his compatriot Kimi Räikkönen, who has just announced his retirement after no less than 19 seasons in the top flight.

“A new chapter in my career is opening”, comments Bottas. “I am excited to join Alfa Romeo Racing for 2022 and beyond for what is going to be a new challenge with an iconic manufacturer. The potential of the team in Hinwil is clear, and I relish the opportunity to help lead the team towards the front of the grid, especially with the new 2022 regulations, which will give the team the opportunity to take a leap forward in terms of performance. “

“I’m grateful for the confidence the team has placed in me, and I can’t wait to reward it. I crave good results more than ever and, when the time comes, wins. I know Fred well. [Vasseur] and I can’t wait to get to know the rest of the team I’m going to work with, to build relationships as strong as I have at Mercedes. “

Indeed, Bottas and Frédéric Vasseur have known each other for a long time, since it is with the ART Grand Prix team co-founded by the Frenchman that the new Alfa Romeo driver was placed third in the F3 Euro Series in 2009 and in 2010 before s ” claim the GP3 title in 2011, scoring six wins in total in those three seasons.

Valtteri Bottas, GP3 Champion 2011

Valtteri Bottas, GP3 Champion 2011

“It is a pleasure to welcome Valtteri to the team, and we are excited for our adventure together”, Vasseur delights. “With him we bring to Hinwil a driver who has great team spirit and experience at the top of the hierarchy. Valtteri is an integral part of a team that is rewriting the history books, and has four world titles. manufacturers to his name. He is the right driver to help Alfa Romeo Racing take a step forward on the grid. We have had a long-standing relationship, from when we worked together on successful campaigns. success in F3 and GP3; his talent and skills have been evident since then and have only grown over time. I really can’t wait to see him put his skills to work for the good of the team . “

Bottas and Alfa Romeo have signed a multi-year contract, which will therefore extend beyond 2022, this which corresponds to the expectations of the interested party. “This multi-year agreement gives Valtteri and the team the stability we need to build our project at a crucial time for F1”, explains Vasseur. “We are excited for what the future holds.”

It remains to be seen who will be alongside Bottas at Alfa Romeo. Antonio Giovinazzi is well placed, but we cannot completely rule out the arrival of another Ferrari protégé, such as Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman, while the options Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries are being considered … without forgetting, who knows, the surprise Théo Pourchaire!

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