Written in MORE SPORTS the 6/26/2022 11:25 a.m. After leaving Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas he also gave up any chance of becoming Formula 1 cham
Written in MORE SPORTS the 6/26/2022 11:25 a.m.
After leaving Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas he also gave up any chance of becoming Formula 1 champion as he ended up signing for Alfa Romeo, a lower-tier team fighting for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship. However, the goal of Lewis Hamilton’s former teammate could be more interesting this season.
Jacques Villeneuve, a former Canadian Formula 1 driver who was runner-up in the world in 1996 and champion in 1971, believe that the true objective of Valtteri Bottas for this season it has to be overcoming Guanyu Zhou in the Drivers’ Championship. The Finnish driver shares a team with the young Chinese, who is in his first year in the top category, so he must show who is important within Alfa Romeo.
Valtteri Bottas is eighth in the Drivers’ Championship, while Guanyu Zhou is sixteenth.
“Bottas this year should never be beaten by Zhou. It just isn’t on. This shouldn’t happen, I don’t know if it’s because he got used to not beating Lewis. He looked good, running up front, destroying Zhou, and all of a sudden Zhou is showing that he’s fast and we’re not seeing the best Valtteri.”explained Jacques Villeneuve during an interview with “F1 Nation”, the official podcast of Formula 1.
The Canadian Grand Prix raised serious doubts about the level of Valtteri Bottas, as he finished seventh while Guanyu Zhou finished the race in eighth position, behind his teammate. Although the difference is noticeable in the Drivers’ Championship, where the former Mercedes driver is 41 points ahead, the reality is that the Chinese showed a very good level, but suffered from several reliability problems with the Alfa car Romeo.
The next day of Formula 1 will take place at Silverstone and will begin on July 1 with free practice, where Valtteri Bottas He must show that he is the protagonist of the team. For the Chinese it will be crucial to finish in the top ten, as he must prove that he deserves a place in Formula 1 and that previous results were just bad luck.
Valtteri Bottas has been in Formula 1 for ten seasons, while 2022 is Guanyu Zhou’s first year as an official driver.
He was not champion
During his interview with “F1 Nation”, Jacques Villeneuve also spoke about the past of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes, where he never managed to overtake Lewis Hamilton. The former Canadian driver acknowledged the Finn’s victories, but stressed that consistency is needed to be the Formula 1 champion.
“It’s super fast. He has beaten Lewis in a race, but not in a season. That’s the difference between a champion like Lewis who has won on all kinds of tracks and conditions, and someone like Valtteri, who can sometimes be super fast, but not for a whole season,” Jacques Villeneuve said of the Finn and his history in the German team.