“It was always one year,” Valtteri Bottas enjoys stability at Alfa Romeo after full of ‘uncertainties’ Mercedes stint

The Alfa Romeo driver compares his experiences at the Hinwil-based racing team and Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri Bottas joined Alfa Romeo at the start of the season after a five-year sojourn with Mercedes in which he won 10 races and finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship two times to teammate and 7-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

While the Finn has slowed from his routine front-running form at Mercedes, he has led Alfa Romeo’s midfield endeavours this season, scoring 41 of the team’s 46 points. Bottas signed a multi-year contract with Alfa Romeo for this season, giving him surety over his upcoming years that he did not have with either Williams or Mercedes, which preferred for annual contract extensions.

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Valtteri Bottas compares his experience at Alfa Romeo to that of Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

“This is actually the first time for me, because even with Williams, it was always one year. It’s the first time I haven’t had to stress and answer the questions, because now for the drivers who don’t know, for sure it’s not going to be nice,” said Bottas. Bottas conceded that he felt more comfortable and capable of “just fully focusing on the job,” offering him more liberty to enjoy F1 racing.

“This season is probably the most enjoyable so far. OK, maybe you don’t know always remember things, but it really feels like I’m enjoying F1 more than ever. When it gets to the racing, it’s a lot of good fun, especially like in the midfield and how different it is strategy-wise in the races. It’s more like one decision can jump you many places. It’s a different game,” added the Finn.

Bottas concluded: “In the past at Mercedes, normally it used to be only one team that we battled against, so then it’s just focused on those two cars. But now I can have six cars around that we need to be aware of. So that’s nice.” Bottas described the Alfa Romeo atmosphere as “quite young” and “like a new race team,” as well as “a bit more relaxed” than Mercedes, which was frequently waging war for victories and world titles.

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