Alfa Romeo F1 Boss Makes Bold Hamilton & Vettel Comparisons After Signing Bottas

Published 09/06/2021, 9:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Third placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Valtteri Bottas has just been announced as an Alfa Romeo driver for the 2022 season. Team Principal Frederic Vasseur sees the Finn and thinks he can build a team around him, just like Red Bull did for Sebastian Vettel, and Mercedes are doing for Lewis Hamilton.

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He believes that Bottas is still a young driver and has a lot to offer. Vasseur also sees the Swiss team as the perfect opportunity for Valtteri to grow and improve as years go by.

Build a team around Valtteri Bottas just like Mercedes did for Hamilton

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After spending five years with the Brackley-based squad, Bottas will join Alfa Romeo at the start of the 2022 season. Vasseur sees this as an opportunity to build around a team around the Finn, and bring success just like Vettel did to Red Bull and Hamilton with Mercedes.

Speaking to Roberto Chinchero from Motorsport, the Alfa Romeo boss said, “I think it is also an excellent opportunity for Valtteri. He will have the opportunity to have a new role, which will see him be the team’s reference driver, in fact a new chapter in his career.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Alfa Romeo Racing Team Principal Frederic Vasseur talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via

“He will have new responsibilities, I still think he is a young man with several seasons of experience on his shoulders and he will be with us for a long time.

“To put at the center of the project as in the past it was for Red Bull with Vettel or Mercedes with Lewis, all in the name of stability, which is a fundamental aspect. those with Alfa Romeo Racing,” Vasseur explained. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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What does Bottas have to say about his move to a new team?

In what is his last season with the Silver Arrows, Bottas is very much looking forward to the upcoming project that waits for him at Alfa Romeo. He knows the importance of the team in the sport of F1, and can’t wait to start his new chapter.

He said, “A new chapter in my racing career is opening: I’m excited to join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for 2022 and beyond for what is going to be a new challenge with an iconic manufacturer.

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“The potential of the setup in Hinwil is clear and I am relishing the opportunity to help lead the team forward up the grid, especially with the new regulations in 2022 giving the team a chance to make a leap in performance,” Bottas concluded.

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Can Bottas shine in his last season at Mercedes, and take the momentum into Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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