Formula 1: Valtteri Bottas Surprise Switch to Rivals

Could Valtteri Bottas be on his way to join Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season seat if Mercedes opt in for George Russell?

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

According to the recent reports in the Formula 1 world, Mercedes’ ace driver Valtteri Bottas is in talks with the junior Ferrari team, Alfa Romeo for a seat in the 2022 season. After reports of George Russell taking his seat alongside Lewis Hamilton have been all over the circuit, Bottas is rightly looking for his place to stay on the grid. But will that mean a switch to the rival team? 

This is what the French newspaper “L’Équipe” said on Friday, and indeed confirm some rumors this website has been sent some time ago. To bring everyone on the same page, At Alfa Romeo, the returns of drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have not been confirmed. The Italian team is newly managed by Frederic Vasseur, who worked with Bottas in F3 and GP3. Vasseur is said to have full powers to choose his drivers, according to L’Equipe. 

Could Valtteri Bottas be on his way to Alfa Romeo? 

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas is in his fifth campaign with Mercedes, having previously driven for Williams for four seasons. In 2021, he is fourth in the drivers’ standings with 108 points. He is 77 points behind leader Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and 69 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

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Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes in 2021

The 31-year-old Finn is currently with Mercedes and will almost certainly be replaced by young British driver Williams George Russell in 2022. Having said that, obviously, Ferrari would push for this move as Bottas would bring with him valuable information on Mercedes.

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