Valtteri Bottas Opens Up on the Possibility of a Ferrari F1 Drive After Cutting All Ties With Mercedes

Published 11/10/2021, 6:14 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after qualifying in pole position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Valtteri Bottas started his F1 career with Williams in 2013 and took the natural route to Mercedes two years later. Now, he cuts his strings with the Mercedes family and is ready to move to Alfa Romeo in 2022. However, with Ferrari as the next step from the sister team, will there be a day we see the Finn in red?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

For Bottas, it isn’t a no. Not yet. In conversation with Tom Clarkson for the Beyond the Grid podcast, Bottas made an intriguing conversation about his future. When asked about the possibility of a time when Bottas will be behind the wheel of a red car, he didn’t seem to hate the idea of it.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“I can’t predict the future, and with this sport, you never know what happens. You never know where I end up. But at least for the next few years, ill be with Alfa Romeo and that’s the thing I’m looking forward to. But I still have time in Formula 1 and you just never know.”

Valtteri Bottas in yet another championship-winning team seems enthralling, but the current Ferrari duo so seems pretty solid. But, once again, it’s Formula 1. Who knows what the future holds?

Valtteri Bottas on what he will miss about Mercedes

Shifting from black to red doesn’t seem too bad, but before he hangs up his Mercedes overalls, the Finn has four rounds left with his Brackley team. Over the course of their conversation on the podcast, Bottas reveals the ways in which Mercedes was a very high-pressure environment for him. Although sometimes it was a good thing, for Valtteri, nine years of it seemed fatiguing.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Still, he holds good memories with the team. After all, he was an integral part of the four championships the team has won with him on their side. Apart from the people in the garage and back in the factory, he will miss the feeling of driving a Silver Arrow.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“I’ll miss those moments of working hard and achieving great things, but I see no reason why I shouldn’t be able to achieve that rewarding feeling with Alfa Romeo too. Coming to a race weekend, pretty much every race in the last five years, I knew with our car, I could fight for the win. I will probably miss that. But I’m sure there’s lots of rewarding moments ahead of me.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

It will be a painful farewell for Bottas as fans have thoroughly enjoyed his time with Mercedes. With only four more races to go, Bottas will soon find himself in Hinwil, ready to take Alfa Romeo to great heights.

Watch this story: Mad Max: Verstappen’s Angriest Rants on Team Radio

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Shreya Sanjeev

612 articles

Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT