Valtteri Bottas to leave Mercedes to join Alfa Romeo in F1

The Finnish pilot of Formula 1 Valtteri Bottas, 32, will leave Mercedes to join Alfa Romeo in 2022 "with a multi-year contract," the team announce

The Finnish pilot of Formula 1 , 32, will leave to join in 2022 “with a multi-year contract,” the team announced this Monday about a team change expected for several weeks.

When signing Bottas by Alfa Romeo It should be followed by the announcement of his replacement in the Silver Arrows, predictably the British George Russell, 23 years old and currently in Williams. He would accompany the seven-time world champion Lewis hamilton.

“A new chapter in my career opens: I am excited to join Alfa Romeo Racing in 2022 and start a new challenge with an iconic brand,” he said. Bottas it’s a statement.

“The potential of the factory Hinwil (in Switzerland, where his future team is based) is clear and I like the opportunity to help the team progress, especially with a new regulation in 2022, which gives the opportunity to advance in terms of competitiveness, “added Bottas.

“He is the ideal driver to help Alfa Romeo progress”, estimates his future team manager, Fred Vasseur, who already had Bottas at his command in the lower categories, in F3 and in GP3.

This transfer will coincide with a technical revolution in F1, with new cars starting next year.

The 32-year-old raced the last five seasons alongside Hamilton on Mercedes, winning in 9 races, and achieving 17 pole positions in 92 grands prix.

He also finished twice as world runner-up. His last victory was the Russian Grand Prix in September 2020.

Bottas he reached the premier class of motorsport in 2013, with Williams.

The Finn will replace in Alfa Romeo to his compatriot Kimi raikkonen, which on September 1 announced that he will leave Formula 1 at the age of 42 at the end of this season after a great race in which he won the world title in 2007 at the wheel of a Ferrari.

First choice to replace Bottas, Russell He is 23 years old and has spent three seasons at Williams. Last year he made a big impression with Mercedes at the Bahrain Grand Prix replacing Hamilton, who had tested positive for Covid-19.

In that race he was close to victory, to finish ninth.

Winner of the GP3 title in 2017 and after F2 in 2018, Russell is part of the Mercedes young driver pool. He has raced in F1 since 2019 with Williams and signed a podium in Belgium last week (second), at the end of a race reduced to a few laps behind the safety car due to the rain.

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