After ending narrowly behind Mercedes' George Russell and effectively forward of Lewis Hamilton at Imola, Valtteri Bottas expressed his shock at his former staff's struggles up to now in 2022.
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Valtteri Bottas says he’s shocked by the extent to which Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have struggled up to now within the 2022 season.
Bottas moved to Alfa Romeo this 12 months after 5 trophy-laden seasons as Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes, throughout which the Silver Arrows took a clear sweep of Constructors’ Championship titles.
However the new-for-2022 technical laws have thrown a spanner within the works for Mercedes, whose W13 challenger suffers badly with porpoising and has confirmed significantly slower than Ferrari and Purple Bull.
Whereas George Russell took benefit of chaos in the beginning of Sunday’s race at Imola to vault ahead and in the end declare fourth, Hamilton might solely end thirteenth after a low-key efficiency.
In contrast, Bottas continued his sturdy begin to 2022 with a positive fifth place, simply 0.6s adrift of Russell, and spoke of his satisfaction with life at Alfa Romeo.
“Clearly, I am very completely satisfied to be within the place the place I’m in the intervening time – I am actually having fun with it,” Bottas instructed media together with RacingNews365.com.
“We had higher race tempo right now, however I give attention to different issues and give attention to enhancing our automotive, which we did this weekend, and hopefully we will do it within the subsequent race as effectively.”
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Bottas now sits simply 4 factors behind former Mercedes teammate Hamilton within the 2022 Drivers’ Championship standings, and stated he was at a loss to clarify the Silver Arrows’ poor begin to the season.
“I do not know the the explanation why they’re struggling. I do not know the technical particulars,” Bottas commented.
“I did not see what occurred within the race. I’d think about [Hamilton] was caught behind different automobiles, and if there is a DRS practice, it isn’t simple [to pass].
“I believe George had an ideal begin, in order that was key for his race right now, however I am positive we’ll see a robust Lewis nonetheless within the coming races.
“It’s stunning. I by no means anticipated it to be that difficult [for Mercedes], however they’re nonetheless scoring factors, so hopefully, ultimately, we will rating greater than them.”
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