The Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will leave Mercedes to join Alfa Romeo on a two-year deal.
What was already known unofficially weeks ago is now confirmed: Valtteri Bottas will leave Mercedes at the end of the season. Lewis Hamilton’s teammate has been in the spotlight for five years on several occasions for his poor athletic performance. Starting next season, Valtteri Bottas will race with Alfa Romeo, where he has a free seat left after the withdrawal of Kimi Raikkonen’s Grand Circus.
The departure of the Finnish driver, however, could have been precipitated by the controversy surrounding the Dutch Grand Prix. And it is that Bottas disobeyed the orders of equipment and marked the fast return of the race, with which it removed that honor to him to Hamilton. The Briton stopped in the pits to put on the soft tires and make one last quick turn at Zandvoort to regain the point that gives the fast lap of the race.
Since 2017, Valtteri Bottas has taken part in 92 races, of which he has won 9 and done 17 poles. In total, the Finn has achieved 54 podiums with the German mark.
During last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix there was already talk of a possible departure of Mercedes Bottas. On that occasion, George Russell, who replaced a Hamilton with a coronavirus, clearly outscored him throughout the weekend. In fact, Williams’ British driver will be his replacement for Mercedes, as Francesc Roses said last July.