The Finn will take the place of fellow countryman Kimi Raikkonen. For him a multi-year contract: “I join an iconic motorsport team”. Will Russell’s announcement in Mercedes be coming soon?
The Formula 1 driver market is on fire. After the announcement of Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement at the end of the season, which took place over the weekend in Zandvoort, Alfa Romeo Racing announces Valtteri Bottas as a driver for the 2022 season. After the rumors of the past few weeks , then comes the official with the team that has announced on its channels the arrival of the Finn: he will take the place of the compatriot at the wheel of the team from Hinwil. “A new chapter in my racing career opens, I am very excited to be able to join an iconic company like Alfa Romeo, a brand that needs no introduction. I can’t wait to repay the team’s trust, I’m hungry as always for great results, and, if the opportunity arises, for victories, ”said the 32-year-old from Nastola, who has collected 9 wins in F1 so far, 63 podiums and 17 pole positions, as well as being runner-up of the world in 2019 and 2020.
“We are bringing an experienced driver to Hinwil who will strengthen team play: he is the right man to make Alfa Romeo take a step forward towards the top of the grid”, underlined team principal Frederic Vasseur.
Russell in arrivo
The announcement of the marriage between Bottas and Alfa Romeo could trigger the domino effect on the market, starting with the vacant seat in Mercedes: except for sensational twists, it will be occupied by George Russell, who after three years of apprenticeship in Williams with who got his first career podium at Spa, it seems the first choice of the reigning world champion team, despite the rumors holding up the hypothesis Nick DeVries, fresh winner of the Formula E championship with the Stuttgart team, so the Williams hypothesis also appears.
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