Valtteri Bottas says he looks like he’s greater than only a driver with the Alfa Romeo workforce, the Finn lastly able of “correct authority”.
After 5 years racing for Mercedes, Bottas joined Alfa Romeo forward of this yr’s championship.
The 32-year-old has not solely discovered himself in a really completely different atmosphere, but additionally in a unique place as he’s firmly entrenched as Alfa Romeo’s lead driver.
Now not carrying the tag of “wingman” as he was as soon as referred to as by Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff, his new workforce boss Fred Vasseur has made it clear that Bottas is the workforce chief, the one within the place to drive the workforce ahead.
And Bottas is relishing that.
“I actually really feel an enormous a part of the workforce,” he advised The Race. “And it’s been very nice to have correct authority on issues.
“If I ask for one thing it occurs, and everybody actually listens. And I’ve been in a position to encourage some folks.
“It’s only a actually motivated and good feeling within the workforce now, everybody is de facto attempting arduous. That’s precisely what I’ve been attempting to do however after all, the outcomes, like at first race, scoring these factors, you can see how uplifting it was for folks, and that helps.
“I’m actually completely satisfied how issues are going with the workforce and my position.
“I really feel like I’m not simply driving the automobile. I really feel like I’m a bit greater than that.
“I’m not only a driver, but additionally an necessary workforce member.”
However whereas that might be seen as a dig at Mercedes with Bottas feeling he was undervalued by the workforce, the Finn says that’s not the case.
He was simply at a workforce that belonged to Lewis Hamilton.
“Completely,” he mentioned. “It was at all times fairly tough prior to now to essentially step up. And I believe Lewis additionally in a workforce is kind of a dominant particular person in a method.
“It was fairly clear that I couldn’t have the identical position there as what I’ve right here.”
Bottas has scored twice this season to take a seat P10 within the Drivers’ Championship with 12 factors, his team-mate Guanyu Zhou has to this point scored one.