“In 2021 target was to win, today it’s top 10,”: Valtteri Bottas indicates toxic Mercedes competition as he prefers life at Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas the current Alfa Romeo driver has compared his time at Mercedes to that of his current life at the Ferrari sister team.

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas has recently talked about the difference in life at Alfa Romeo compared to the years that he spent at the Mercedes Formula One team before 2022.

Moreover, Valtteri Bottas has taken an indirect jibe at the Brackley-based team by calling it more of a company as compared to a full-fledged racing team.

The Finn spent five years at Mercedes during which he played a crucial role in helping the team win five consecutive Constructors Championships. However, despite his contributions, the 33-year-old was always under massive scrutiny.

Bottas was never really able to match his Champion teammate Lewis Hamilton in terms of performance and on top of that, he was never trusted with multiple-year contracts, and that according to him was the reason why he was not able to showcase his full potential at Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

However, all that is in the past now as he is loving his life as the leader of the Alfa Romeo F1 team. Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes was in the habit of fighting for race wins but despite making a downward shift on the grid, he is happy to finally get out of the company atmosphere at Mercedes.

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Valtteri Bottas’s take on his current campaign with Alfa Romeo

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

The 2022 Formula One season is 16 races down, and Valtteri Bottas has so far managed to amass 46 points in the Drivers Championship. While giving his views on his season so far, Bottas said, “It was very nice to start the season right away by winning points in Bahrain, I think that weekend gave an extra boost, the team realized that there would be other races where we would be able to finish in the top 10.”

He further adds, “That ‘boost’ is still there, when we don’t get points I see the team disappointed, and that’s the spirit. Then, of course, the targets are different to what I had to achieve last year, but in the end, the approach is the same, in 2021 the target was to win, today it’s top 10.”

Valtteri Bottas' Alfa Romeo in action in Barcelona
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas’s season at Alfa Romeo has been compromised massively by the reliability issues of his car, and with six races left on the calendar, all he can do is try and give his best in every single race.

Moreover, with a multi-year contract under his belt, the Finn would be looking for a step forward during the 2023 campaign of the sport.

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Rishabh Negi is an F1 author at FirstSportz who ardently follows Formula One and is also a passionate supporter of the Arsenal football team. He has done his Master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics and sees writing about F1, as something, that provides him solace to disconnect from the everyday chaos of life.