WATCH: Emotions Run High as Valtteri Bottas Leaves the Mercedes HQ One Last Time

Published 12/18/2021, 2:27 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the drivers parade REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Lewis Hamilton may have won Mercedes a series of world championship titles, but Valtteri Bottas has played a crucial role in winning the Briton some of those titles. His team play on multiple occasions helped the team to maintain absolute dominance over the past 5 years.

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Hence, considering his essential role in the Brackley outfit, the entire crew from Mercedes gave an emotional farewell as the Finn left the factory one last time.

The grand send-off for Valtteri Bottas

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Bottas hopped onto the back of a classic convertible Mercedes road car, as it slowly strolled along the road of Mercedes’ headquarters in Brackley. There were cheers and claps all around.

Along with the ecstatic Mercedes crew and fans, there were also mesmerizing light and fire shows taking place around the HQ.

And, as the driver parked the car at the exit of Mercedes’ headquarters, Bottas turned back, waved a final goodbye, and walked into the darkness.

One would have expected Bottas to sob a bit, but the Finn was as bright as a shining star. And why wouldn’t he be? Bottas has got an exciting new journey ahead with Alfa Romeo where he finally gets to lead a team from the front.

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Can Bottas attain glory with Alfa Romeo?

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Bottas will be replacing a world champion in Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo; hence, big shoes to fill for the 10-time Grand Prix winner. To be fair, Alfa Romeo haven’t been scoring much since 2020, which sets the bar quite low for Bottas.

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

The team desperately needs someone who has embraced the experience of racing in a top team. Hence, the Sauber-led outfit will certainly be happy about snatching Bottas from a team like Mercedes.

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Overall, potentially another tough season ahead for Alfa Romeo, especially considering the fact that both their drivers will be new entrants. So, can Bottas manage to chip in some points over the 2022 season and consequently save the mid-field team from falling to the back of the grid?

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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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