Sebastian Vettel says “it’s a shame” that Bottas “has to leave Mercedes”

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Sebastian Vettel says Valtteri Bottas “didn’t always have it easy in the five years alongside Hamilton”, and called him “one of the most straightforward and honest drivers”.

In 2022 Valtteri Bottas has left Mercedes for Alfa Romeo, after five years with the team. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel says it’s “a shame” he had to leave.

“Somehow I think it’s a shame that he has to leave Mercedes,” the German told Blick.

“But maybe the new regulations for the Swiss team in 2022 will suit him, so that things will finally be more balanced in the field and he will have more chances.


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“Valtteri is one of the most straightforward and honest drivers. And above all, Bottas is also one of the fastest drivers in the field.”

However, Seb thinks moving to a new team where he will be more of a leader, might be a good thing for him.

“I’m just happy that he can play a much more central role there than before. Bottas certainly didn’t always have it easy in the five years alongside Hamilton.

“But I’m also sure that he was always treated fairly at Mercedes,” concluded Vettel.

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