The team’s season has been somewhat hit-and-miss; at the start of the season, Bottas finished in the points in six out of eight races.
However, as the year has continued, the performance of the C42 has been lacklustre, to say the least. Bottas’ 10th-place finish in Mexico was the first time he scored points since the Canadian Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, he told Autosport that he is excited about the prospect of Audi supporting the team.
“If you look at the big picture, I think it’s huge. There’s big potential for Sauber with Audi. No doubt they want to succeed in the future. They want to do well and show they’re serious.”
Since Alfa Romeo rejoined F1 in 2019 with Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen, their best position in the constructors’ standings was eighth.
“There’s still work to do, no doubt.,” Bottas admitted. “That’s the fact. But it’s not that far, you know, the facilities are there.
“Some facilities, some machinery can be better compared to a championship-winning team. And the amount of people in the team is still a bit less than at least what I saw last year [at Mercedes].
“But with the support of a manufacturer like Audi I see no reason why it wouldn’t be possible.”
According to Bottas, one of the key factors to consider is when Audi plans to start helping Sauber. The deal with Alfa Romeo concludes at the end of 2023, leaving a significant gap before Audi formally enters in 2026.
He said: “Obviously, nothing changes for next year. We’re still with Alfa Romeo. And of course, we hope that we can have a better car than this year.
“But then I think it depends on the support from 2024 onwards.
“If [Audi] are willing to support, if they’re really helping a lot and supporting and if the power unit is good for 2026, which is impossible to predict at the moment, then why not.”
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