[Rassegna] – Valtteri Bottas will be the new Alfa Romeo driver. One Finn leads to another: the number 77 will replace veteran Kimi Raikkonen, who will retire at the end of the season. Finn Rausing, the Swedish billionaire present in the Sauber property through Tetra Laval, had already given his ok some time ago, and in fact the negotiations had been going on for some time. The vacancy in the Mercedes team, barring any sensational developments, should be taken by the British George Russell, while another star driver, Nyck De Vries, remains at the window to see if the time has come for his debut in the championship, perhaps at Williams, after having ‘tamed’ Formula E.
In Alfa Romeo, according to Corriere della Sera, the seat “is to be defined“, But it is also written that”Antonio Giovinazzi awaits confirmation“. It will depend on the will of Ferrari, the engine supplier for the Swiss team with an Italian sponsor. La Gazzetta dello Sport talks about the ballot between the Italian, De Vries and Alex Albon. For Leo Turrini, Ferrari no longer has the right to designate a driver in the Swiss team.
“The butler greets and leaves. After nine wins and 17 poles, Bottas settles down to Alfa Romeo. The always sober butler expressed his satisfaction: «I pass from one myth to another. I owe a lot to Mercedes but I can’t wait to join another iconic brand like Alfa Romeo ». Toto Wolff, the boss of the Stuttgart Arrows, was happy to … deny himself: «In reality, Bottas would have deserved confirmation for his performance but we must think about the future». Hamilton is even moved, who barely enjoys the arrival of the ambitious Russell: “Valtteri is the best companion I’ve ever had, he’s stronger than you think from the outside.” And many greetings to Nico Rosberg, who won a world championship with Mercedes, beating Lewis himself. Beyond the numbers, Bottas is not a mediocre driver. It is fast and makes little mistakes. He was a loyal wingman, he suffered blatant wrongs from the team just grumbling. And here lies its limit: in a character that is perhaps too soft for a world as bad as Formula One. Knowing his loyalty, it is however out of the question that he will continue to help Hamilton in the duel against Verstappen.“, Wrote Turrini in the Resto del Carlino.
“Bottas will stay for more than one season, certainly also in 2023. It means that the team intends to rely on him for the cycle to be inaugurated with the new cars next year. The Finn puts the arrow, maybe he slows down, but he doesn’t stop. In Mercedes’ five years he has never really managed to get close to Lewis Hamilton. Not as he would have liked and has announced many times. Russell in a year will let us understand if and to what extent it would have been possible. Equally Valtteri was a precious companion, punctual in collecting good points to win four Constructors’ titles. And we will see how it goes this year: the duel with Perez is winning. In between he put together 9 wins. There is no doubt that he will lend a hand to Lewis if necessary. First of all because the relationship between the two has always been excellent. And then because Hamilton – probably sincere, certainly skilled strategist – has never lost an opportunity to express his endorsement for Valtteri. Ensuring their loyalty to the end“, Reads the Gazzetta dello Sport.
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