Alfa Romeo has announced that Valtteri Bottas will be joining the team from 2022 onward in a multi-year deal.
It has been long rumoured, but now it is official: Valtteri Bottas will not be driving for Mercedes from next season.
Bottas, who joined Mercedes in 2017 after Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement, will be joining Alfa Romeo from 2022 onward on a multi-year deal.
During his time with Mercedes Bottas has scored nine wins and 53 podiums, and has helped the team win four Constructors’ Championships.
“A new chapter in my racing career is opening,” the Finn said after the announcement.
“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 1 history and it’s going to be an honour to represent this marque.
“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.
“I’m grateful for the trust the team has put in me and I cannot wait to repay their faith: I’m as hungry as ever to race for results and, when the time comes, for wins.
“I know Fred [Vasseur] well and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team I am going to work with, building relationships as strong as the ones I have at Mercedes.
“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,” concluded Bottas.
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Alfa Romeo team boss Frédéric Vasseur gave his comments on the signing.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Valtteri to the team and we are looking forward to our journey together,” Vasseur said.
“With him, we bring to Hinwil a strong team player with experience at the sharp end of the grid.
“Valtteri has been an integral part of a team that rewrote the history books and he has four constructors’ world titles to his name.
“He is the right driver to help Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make a step forward towards the front of the grid.
“Our relationship goes back a long way, to when we worked together in successful campaigns in F3 and GP3, and his talent and skills have been evident ever since, only growing with the time.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him put his ability to work for the good of the team. The multi-year deal bringing him to us gives both Valtteri and the team the stability we need to build our project at a crucial time for Formula 1.
“We are excited for what the future holds in store,” concluded Alfa Romeo’s team boss.
This news comes after current Alfa Romeo driver, and fellow Finn, Kimi Raikkonen announced his retirement from Formula 1.
It has been rumoured that tomorrow Mercedes will announce Williams’ George Russell as their new 2022 driver. For now we will have to wait and see.