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BREAKING NEWS: Bottas future decided

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The Finn will leave Mercedes AMG Petronas at the end of the season, and join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for 2022.

Valterri Bottas’ move to a different team has been expected for a while now, with Williams and Alfa Romeo both frequently mentioned as potential future cockpits.

The confirmation of Bottas replacing 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen for 2022 and beyond, is another piece in the driver line-up puzzle, with a Mercedes announcement expected soon.

“A new chapter in my racing career is opening: I’m excited to join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for 2022 and beyond for what is going to be a new challenge with an iconic manufacturer.”, Bottas said.

“Alfa Romeo is a brand that needs no introduction, they have written some great pages of Formula One history and it’s going to be an honour to represent this marque. The potential of the setup in Hinwil is clear and I am relishing the opportunity to help lead the team forward up the grid, especially with the new regulations in 2022 giving the team a chance to make a leap in performance. I’m grateful for the trust the team has put in me and I cannot wait to repay their faith: I’m as hungry as ever to race for results and, when the time comes, for wins. I know Fred [Vasseur] well and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team I am going to work with, building relationships as strong as the ones I have at Mercedes. ”

Valterri Bottas made his Formula 1 debut with Williams in 2013, before he joined Mercedes in 2017. With nine wins and 54 podiums for the team, the Finn played a crucial part in securing four consecutive constructor championships. Bottas added: “I am proud of what I have achieved in Brackley and I am fully focused on finishing the job as we fight for another world championship, but I am also looking forward to the new challenges that await me next year.” In an Instagram post, Bottas thanked the team for their 5 years together.

Alfa Romeo team principal Frédéric Vasseur is excited to have another very experienced Finn to join the team, replacing the retiring Kimi Raikkonen. Vasseur said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Valtteri to the team and we are looking forward to our journey together. With him, we bring to Hinwil a strong team player with experience at the sharp end of the grid. Valtteri has been an integral part of a team that rewrote the history books and he has four constructors’ world titles to his name: he is the right driver to help Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make a step forward towards the front of the grid. Our relationship goes back a long way, to when we worked together in successful campaigns in F3 and GP3, and his talent and skills have been evident ever since, only growing with the time: I’m really looking forward to seeing him put his ability to work for the good of the team. The multi-year deal bringing him to us gives both Valtteri and the team the stability we need to build our project at a crucial time for Formula One: we are excited for what the future holds in store.”

 

 

Image: Mercedes AMG F1 / Steve Etherington

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