Valtteri Bottas shows no regrets over ditching Lewis Hamilton partnership once again

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VALTTERI BOTTAS is having fun with life at Alfa Romeo the place he’s the lead driver and now not taking part in second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

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Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas has reiterated his improved spirits since swapping Mercedes for the Swiss-based staff forward of the 2022 Method 1 season. The Finn initially joined the Silver Arrows in 2017 and helped them win 5 successive world championships alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Throughout his time with Mercedes – notably over the previous couple of seasons – Bottas was criticised for his performances as he was continually in comparison with the seven-time world champion. It’s a far cry from how he has settled in at Alfa Romeo after he was changed by George Russell.

The Ferrari-backed staff let go of each 2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi forward of the 2022 season. Alfa Romeo wished an skilled driver to associate rookie Guanyu Zhou, and Bottas has settled in seamlessly.

“I’m at some extent in my profession the place I drive for myself and the staff – and no one else,” Bottas instructed BILD. “In fact I really like profitable or being on the rostrum, however I am not unhappy about my new state of affairs. 

“Quite the opposite. It motivates me to work with the staff on a process after which hopefully see the outcomes.”

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Valtteri Bottas shows no regrets over ditching Lewis Hamilton partnership once again

Valtteri Bottas has declared his happiness at Alfa Romeo as soon as once more after leaving Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)

Mercedes and Hamilton have struggled since reaching a shock podium within the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, ending P10 in Saudi Arabia and fourth in Melbourne. Nevertheless, the seven-time world champion faltered and limped house to say thirteenth on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix final weekend. 

In the meantime, Bottas has impressed in 2022 thus far and completed sixth and eighth in Bahrain and Australia respectively. The 32-year-old has spoken of his happiness at Alfa Romeo and the function he performs prior to now.

“I simply really feel a bit happier in life general,” Bottas instructed The Race. “I actually really feel an enormous a part of the staff. And it’s been very nice to have correct authority on issues. If I ask for one thing, it occurs – and everybody actually listens.

“I’m not only a driver, but in addition an vital staff member. It was at all times fairly tough prior to now to essentially step up. And I feel Lewis additionally in a staff is kind of a dominant particular person in a method. It was fairly clear that I couldn’t have the identical function there as what I’ve right here.”

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Valtteri Bottas shows no regrets over ditching Lewis Hamilton partnership once again

Valtteri Bottas got here house a powerful P5 on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola final day out (Picture: GETTY)

He added: “I’m actually comfortable how issues are going with the staff and my function.”

It’s simple to see why Bottas penned a three-year contract with the staff, securing his speedy future within the sport till the top of 2024. Alfa Romeo additionally seems to have developed a aggressive automobile in 2022, with the Finn mendacity in P8 – simply 4 factors behind Hamilton. 

The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is anticipated to return to a file 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix substitute is discovered – continues with the Miami Grand Prix on Might 8.


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