The latest news in Formula 1 circuit is that Valtteri Bottas is set to join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN in a multi-year contract as announced by the racing team on Monday. The Finnish driver, who is currently part of the Mercedes setup, will consequently join the Hinwil-based team for the 2022 season and beyond.
Bottas, who happens to be a nine-time Grand Prix winner, will join the team as it ventures on the significant transition to a new era of the Formula One, which will see sweeping regulation changes sensing them a unique opportunity to move forward in front of the grid.
It’s going to be an honour to represent this marque: Bottas
"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. Alfa Romeo is a brand that needs no introduction, they have written some great pages of Formula One history and it’s going to be an honour to represent this marque," Bottas said.
"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," he added.
Formed successful partnership with Lewis Hamilton since 2017
The Finn had formed a rather successful partnership with Lewis Hamilton since 2017. During his stint with the Silver Arrows, he played a crucial role in winning four constructors’ championships and clinched a total of nine victories and 53 podiums.
Bottas' future at Mercedes had repeatedly been put under scanner and had been a subject of media scrutiny with boss Toto Wolff even mulling a promotion for brand’s junior George Russell into Bottas’ seat.
"I am proud of what I have achieved in Brackley and I am fully focused on finishing the job as we fight for another world championship, but I am also looking forward to the new challenges that await me next year," Bottas stated.
Earlier Kimi Raikkonen had announced that he will leave Alfa Romeo and retire at the end of the season. The Italian side, however, is yet to decide who will partner Bottas for the 2022 season.