Valtteri Bottas Will Join Alfa Romeo In 2022 ! Breaking News
September 6, 2021 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
Valtteri Bottas Will Join Alfa Romeo Formula 1 Team Next Season on A Multi-Year Deal
The racing team announced on Monday that he will join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for the 2022 season and beyond. The Hinwil-based team has inked a multi-year agreement with the Finnish driver, who is presently with Mercedes.
Bottas, a nine-time Grand Prix winner, joins the team as it prepares to enter the new age of Formula One, with sweeping rule changes presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb to the top of the grid.
On Wednesday, Kimi Raikkonen announced his retirement, the first in a series of announcements as the pieces of the driver market puzzle come into place.
This week, Mercedes will confirm that George Russell will join the world champion team as a substitute for Bottas.
Bottas will be reunited with team principal Fred Vasseur, with whom he previously worked at ART in F3 in 2009 and 2010, as well as in GP3 in 2011, when he won the title.
“I’m starting a new chapter in my racing career,” Bottas remarked. “I’m thrilled to be joining Alfa Romeo for 2022 and beyond, where I’ll be taking on a new challenge with an iconic brand.”
Bottas had a less successful year in 2018, with no victories, while his teammate won the world title. The distance between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas was increasing, but the Finn demonstrated his importance as a second driver again in 2019 and 2020, placing second in the world championship.
However, Mercedes has decided to discontinue their collaboration with Bottas due to a bad start to the 2021 Formula One season and the emergence of young talent George Russell.