The long-awaited announcement has arrived: Valtteri Bottas it will be a new Alfa Romeo standard bearer from 2022. This will put the Finn in front of a challenge he had never faced before: that of being chosen from the outset as the leader of a team. Barring unthinkable market developments (the maximum Alfa Romeo can aspire to in terms of experience in Formula 1 is Alex Albon), this will be the case in Hinwil, and this is also confirmed by the last words of team principal Frederic Vasseur.
“Mercedes with Bottas has won eight titles (four pilots and four constructors, ed). He has always been seen and known as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate. With us, Valtteri opens a new chapter in his career: here in Alfa Romeo he must become the leader. I don’t want to define a number one and number two, but at least it won’t be in anyone’s shadow. He has to take the team on his shoulders. He could turn the page, I hope he can benefit from this environment. I know that Valtteri is motivated and more than professional. He is also very fast: if he compares himself with Lewis, he is the driver closest to him. And Hamilton is an absolute reference for me. Overall, I think he is the perfect driver for us“, These are the words of Vasseur on the Formula 1 website.
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