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Bottas outlines key differences between working at Alfa Romeo and Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas has officially begun the next chapter of his F1 career with Alfa Romeo, and he admits that there is still a lot to learn as he adjusts to his new team.

Valtteri Bottas admits that he can "feel the difference" at Alfa Romeo in comparison to his previous working environment at Mercedes. The Finn is embarking on the next chapter of his F1 career with the Swiss outfit following his five-year stint with the Silver Arrows, and he admits that the biggest obvious change in this process has been going from a larger squad to a much smaller one. "I would say you definitely feel the difference," Bottas told media including RacingNews365.com when asked about the differences between the two teams. "First of all, the size of the team is quite a bit smaller, but it's not necessarily a bad thing, and at least so far I've been enjoying it."

Bottas still in "adaptation phase" at Alfa Romeo

It is still early days for Bottas at Alfa Romeo, and he says that he is still in the process of adjusting to the new team. "There's so many new people, new things to get used to and learn," the driver explained. "And still I would say I'm in the adaptation phase of actually getting properly to know the team and how everything works, but that's part of learning." Despite this, Bottas is expecting to quickly get used to the environment, and feels positive about the atmosphere that he has experienced so far. "I would say it's been a pretty quick process of getting used to it," he added. "But good vibes, I've been really, really enjoying it and, with a bit more track time I would be even happier, but at least it's been fun." Alfa Romeo suffered some problems during the first pre-season test in Barcelona, which limited their running, but the team are confident that they can fix their issues ahead of the forthcoming season.