Valtteri Bottas Expresses Desire to Drive for Alfa Romeo F1 This Year

Published 11/09/2021, 7:33 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


Valtteri Bottas will leave the Mercedes AMG team to join Alfa Romeo Racing at the end of the season. He had announced the move before the Italian Grand Prix. Since signing for the Swiss team, the Finn has found his pace and consistency on the track.

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He won from pole position at the Turkish Grand Prix and took another pole position in Mexico City. Despite his resurgence in form, Bottas mentioned he was focused on driving for the Alfa Romeo next season. He stated he has visited the factory and will like to dive the car in the Abu Dhabi Test at the end of the season.

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I think they are already focused on 2022: Valtteri Bottas

As reported by it. Motorsport, Alfa Romeo Team Principal Fred Vasseur mentioned he is trying to reach an agreement with Mercedes to let Bottas test their car in Abu Dhabi.

“We have to discuss with Mercedes and find an agreement. I hope that we can find a point of agreement. A contract is a contract, and he is tied to the team until the end of the year, so we have to find a solution,” said Vasseur.

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 6, 2021, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Guasco

“Taking the test would be a good opportunity for him and for us because it would allow us to build the relationship between the driver and the team.” said the team boss.

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Bottas too hopes that he gets a chance to drive Alfa Romeo this year. “I hope so,” said Bottas.

“A few weeks ago, I visited the factory and there are all the necessary facilities for the team to be competitive. I think they haven’t developed the car a lot this year, so I don’t expect much progress from them. I think they are already focused on 2022.” said the Finn on joining Alfa Romeo.

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We hope that there could be an agreement to let Bottas drive this year. Everyone is excited to see the flying Finn race for an iconic brand like Alfa Romeo next season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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