Bottas confirmed at Alfa Romeo Sauber
By Mat Coch
Monday 6th September, 2021 - 9:55pm
Valtteri Bottas will race for Alfa Romeo Sauber from the 2022 Formula 1 season after being confirmed at the squad on a multi-year deal.
It brings to an end what will be a five-year stint with Mercedes, where he has raced alongside Lewis Hamilton to deliver four constructors’ titles for the Anglo-German marque to date.
The announcement also effectively confirms George Russell as his Mercedes replacement.
“I’m excited to join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for 2022 and beyond for what is going to be a new challenge with an iconic manufacturer,” Bottas said.
“Alfa Romeo is a brand that needs no introduction, they have written some great pages of Formula 1 history and it’s going to be an honour to represent this marque.
“The potential of the setup in Hinwil is clear and I am relishing the opportunity to help lead the team forward up the grid, especially with the new regulations in 2022 giving the team a chance to make a leap in performance.
“I’m grateful for the trust the team has put in me and I cannot wait to repay their faith: I’m as hungry as ever to race for results and, when the time comes, for wins.
“I know Fred [Vasseur] well and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team I am going to work with, building relationships as strong as the ones I have at Mercedes.
“I am proud of what I have achieved in Brackley and I am fully focused on finishing the job as we fight for another world championship, but I am also looking forward to the new challenges that await me next year.”
Team boss Frederic Vasseur added: “It is a pleasure to welcome Valtteri to the team and we are looking forward to our journey together.
“With him, we bring to Hinwil a strong team player with experience at the sharp end of the grid.
“Valtteri has been an integral part of a team that rewrote the history books and he has four constructors’ world titles to his name: he is the right driver to help Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make a step forward towards the front of the grid.
“Our relationship goes back a long way, to when we worked together in successful campaigns in F3 and GP3, and his talent and skills have been evident ever since, only growing with the time: I’m really looking forward to seeing him put his ability to work for the good of the team.
“The multi-year deal bringing him to us gives both Valtteri and the team the stability we need to build our project at a crucial time for Formula One: we are excited for what the future holds in store.”
Bottas has claimed nine wins during his time with Mercedes, 17 pole positions, and a raft of podium finishes.
He was runner-up to Hamilton in the drivers’ championship in 2019 and 2020, and currently sits third in that competition this year.
Bottas’ arrival at Sauber will see him in affect take over from countryman Kimi Raikkonen, who last week announced his intention to retire from F1 at the end of the season.