Bottas has joined Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season after a five-year stint with Mercedes that yielded 5 constructors’ championship wins and noticed him end as runner-up within the drivers’ standings in 2019 and 2020.
The transfer to Alfa Romeo got here following Mercedes’ determination to signal junior driver George Russell to its group for this yr to companion seven-time world champion Hamilton. Hamilton received 4 world championships and 50 races within the 5 years he spent racing alongside Bottas, who he hailed as the very best team-mate he’s had in F1.
Bottas signed a multi-year take care of Alfa Romeo, giving him larger stability after all the time being retained on a season-by-season foundation by Mercedes.
Alfa Romeo group principal Vasseur expressed his confidence the transfer could be “useful” for Bottas, even when he’s now not competing for race wins regularly on the entrance of the pack.
“When you find yourself a driver, I can completely perceive that it’s most likely a greater feeling to battle for pole place,” Vasseur instructed Autosport.
“However however, he might be central to our venture. It is going to be a pillar of the event of the group.
“It’s most likely not precisely like this at Mercedes, as a result of he was all the time a bit within the shadow of Lewis.
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C39 mule
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“He must convey his personal expertise and to be a key issue within the improvement of the corporate and the group. This, for positive, will give him extra accountability.
“However I believe he’s mature sufficient to take it as a dedication, or accountability, let’s say. It is going to assist additionally to the event of Valtteri, for positive.”
Bottas is about to function Alfa Romeo’s chief alongside rookie Guanyu Zhou in 2022, bringing expertise from Mercedes that Vasseur stated could be an “asset” to the group.
“Even when the philosophy of the automobile might be completely different, the way in which you method the weekend, the way you handle the weekend, to convey a unique view, will probably be all the time useful,” Vasseur stated.
“On prime of this, I believe he’ll match completely with the mentality of the group. I’m satisfied that will probably be a great push.”