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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas makes Alfa Romeo admission after recent performance slump

The Finn expected more from the team but believes there is still reason to be excited about their future.

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Valtteri Bottas has admitted that Alfa Romeo has not made the steps they wanted to year-on-year compared to rivals, as they slump in the Constructors' Championship standings.

The team has only scored 10 points after 16 races compared to 51 points in the same period last year, as their C43 has failed to yield the results they expected.

Bottas' best result so far has come at the season opener in Bahrain, where he finished in 8th ahead of Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon.

The Finn went on to score points at Canada and Italy, but has recently suffered double retirements at Singapore and Japan.

Bottas: Not concerned about future success

When asked whether he has the confidence that Alfa Romeo can turn things around, he told media, including RacingNews365: "We definitely haven't made the steps that we wanted from last year to this year.

"It's clear some teams made big steps but I'm not concerned that we don't have the resources.

"Now that I've been part of it, I've seen this team has become a lot stronger in terms of how it operates at the factory, at the races."

During the off-season the team signed Andreas Seidl from McLaren as part of their transition towards becoming the Audi works outfit from 2026.

Bottas believes signs of the takeover will start to show, as Alfa Romeo slowly rolls back its involvement with the team.

"There's been a bit of reconstructing of the team also happening lately which will hopefully show a bit more next year," said Bottas.

"I'm confident that everyone is in this together and really trying to get back to where we want to be and even further. So full confidence in the team."


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