Bold Predictions for Valtteri Bottas’ Stint at Alfa Romeo F1 in 2022

Published 09/07/2021, 4:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates second place with the trophy on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen made the much-anticipated announcement that he would be retiring by the end of 2021 after showcasing brilliant racing since 2002. And, of course, losing an immensely experienced driver like Kimi could cost Alfa Romeo dearly in future developments.

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But, to their luck, Mercedes subsequently affirmed that their own Finnish driver, Valtteri Bottas, would be heading out of the team following the 2021 season. And Alfa Romeo was only too happy to swoop down and grab onto the Mercedes man.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 27, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during practice REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Of course, on the outlook, it is certainly a downfall for Bottas, moving from a top-field team like Mercedes to a struggling bottom-field team like Alfa Romeo. But, a prime question remains; can Bottas finally prove his worth after playing the role of a wingman for the 7-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton?

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Valtteri Bottas no longer the second driver

Alfa Romeo couldn’t have asked for a better driver to replace Raikkonen in the present situation. But what about Bottas then? Is this the right move for Finn?

Certainly! The 32-year-old has seen several podiums and victories in his 5-year stint with Mercedes. However, what he lacked was prioritization. The fact that Hamilton was the only driver competing for the championships drove the limelight away from Bottas.

On multiple occasions, Bottas had to bow down to team orders, sacrificing his own positions for the sake of Hamilton. Well, this is no longer a concern for Bottas in the Italian outfit.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with Valtteri Bottas after finishing second and third respectively REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

The 9-time Grand Prix winner will be the number 1 driver at Alfa Romeo, and can finally enjoy a pressure-free stint in F1 after a hectic 5 years at Mercedes.

At the moment, Alfa Romeo has pretty much nothing to lose and everything to gain. Hence, it will unequivocally be interesting to watch how Bottas fares in the Sauber-led outfit.

Replication of Mercedes atmosphere at Alfa Romeo

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Take a look at Sebastian Vettel. The German had previously enjoyed successful stints in front-running outfits like Red Bull and Ferrari. And now, he certainly is using his previous experiences to alter the functioning of his new team, Aston Martin.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

There is an evident change of approach from Aston Martin since Vettel joined them ahead of 2021. A similar makeover might unfold at Alfa Romeo as well. Bottas holds onto an impeccable knowledge of working in Mercedes’ environment.

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And he could well create a replica of Mercedes at Alfa Romeo as well. Hence, it looks like Bottas could be the trump card in potential success for Alfa Romeo amidst impending regulation changes. But, can the Finn pull them further up the field using his abundant experience?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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