Valtteri Bottas Reveals Uneasiness Surrounding 5 Year Mercedes F1 Career

Published 09/08/2021, 12:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


The secret is out. Valtteri Bottas will make way for George Russell as he takes the seat at Alfa Romeo. However, it seems like Bottas himself premeditated the move. The Finn wanted more from the team – a multi-year contract, something they hadn’t given to him in their five years together. In an interview with MTV Sport, Bottas explained the feeling of uncertainty that loomed over his career.

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Bottas is looking forward to the new chapter ahead of the 2021 season. The driver is relieved in taking a multi-year deal. “Yes, it was really important to me. Here’s the whole career gone pretty much like a knife in the throat, always really a year at a time only.”

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Unlike the Mercedes contract, Alfa Romeo reassures Valtteri about his future in the sport. “It’s good to have a project that you can really focus on in the longer term. No need to stress about your own driving position and future for at least a few years.”

The driver believes that this will help him focus more on his performance on the track.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Bottas is hopeful for a brighter and easier future in the sport – something that was crucial to him in leaving Mercedes. Bottas had revealed what he wanted ensuing his departure from the team. “A multi-year contract would be nice. That’s something I’ve never had before in Formula 1… And it needs to be challenging, it needs to be exciting, it needs to be fun–an atmosphere that I really enjoy working with.” 

Thus, Alfa Romeo turned to be the genie in the bottle for Bottas.

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Alfa Romeo’s belief in Valtteri Bottas

After being the Mercedes “wingman” to Lewis Hamilton, Bottas knows he has more to give to the sport. The 2022 season would be uncharted territory for all the teams. Banking on the situation, Bottas looks to approach the season with full force. “In theory, the performance of all teams should be pretty close to each other. There should be no big differences. It already brings such positivity to everything.”

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Fred Vasseur has also promised Valtteri the spotlight at Alfa Romeo – a feeling he has been deprived of in his career. “Now you can really make a difference… the team assured me that I am a bit like a project leader. Obviously, if you get more responsibility and when you say something, it really happens, then yes it motivates a lot.”

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With the experience he brings to the team, it will be interesting to see how the Italian outfit adjusts to the driver. Additionally, with Alfa Romeo’s new weapon, the mid-field battle will be exciting next season.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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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.

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