Valtteri Bottas will joins former boss Fred Vasseur and Alfa Romeo from the 2022 season, after signing a multi-year deal with the team based in Hinwill.
Valtteri won the GP3 title with Vasseur’s ART Grand Prix team in 2011, and entered F1 with the Williams team. He then joined Mercedes in 2017 to be a teammate with Lewis Hamilton who said he was the best teammate the 7-time champ ever had.
While at Mercedes, Bottas amassed nine wins and 53 podiums results helping them win four constructor’s title during his stay. Bottas said:
“A new chapter in my racing career is opening: 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,” said Bottas.
“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.”
Fred Vasseur said:
“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 1: we are excited for what the future holds in store.”