Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur comments on Valtteri Bottas becoming a team leader after being “in the shadow of Lewis” at Mercedes.
After five years with Mercedes, in 2022 Valtteri Bottas has moved to a new team, Alfa Romeo, where he assumed the role of team leader.
Team boss Frederic Vasseur says at Alfa Romeo the Finn has stepped out of Lewis Hamilton’s shadow.
“I don’t know if I have to be surprised or not,” Vasseur said.
“If you have a look at the last couple of years, he did a very good job in terms of pure performance. He was always in the shadow of Lewis, but I think everybody would be in the shadow of Lewis.
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“And what we discussed, during the last season, was to take a different position, different role, to be the leader of the team.
“I was convinced that he will be able to do it, and he’s doing a great job. I’m not speaking about when he’s in the car, but at the factory, with the engineers.
“He’s showing the path for the development, for the right way to improve the car, how to improve the team on every single detail.
“For sure, he’s coming from Mercedes with huge experience, and this is helping us a lot,” concluded the Frenchman.