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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas relishing 'fresh start' at Alfa Romeo in 2022

After spending the last five seasons at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas will drive for a new team in Alfa Romeo next year. The Finn knows there is work to be done at the outfit, but he's looking forward to the opportunity.

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Valtteri Bottas admits he's looking forward to the challenge of leading Alfa Romeo into the future as his time at Mercedes heads towards the finish line.

Having partnered Lewis Hamilton at the Silver Arrows for the last five seasons, Bottas will embark on a new journey in 2022 when he leaves for the Italian outfit.

Despite offers from other teams, Bottas explained that he chose Alfa Romeo because he's confident they have a bright future ahead of them, one which he plans to contribute to.

"It is a great brand," Bottas told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "They have a great history in motorsport.

"I feel like, based on information I know, they can have a bright future and hopefully I can help that.

"It's something new, something exciting for me, and it's a bit of a project. No doubt there's going to be work to do, but I will give all my expertise I can to try and improve from this season, for sure."

Having failed to get the better of Hamilton during their time together at Mercedes, Bottas didn't hide the fact that Alfa Romeo provides him with a fresh start.

"If you look at the results overall, Lewis has been able to beat me every year," Bottas added. "So in that sense, yes, I’ve been in the shadow. But honestly, I don't really feel it that way. We are a team and we're now in this together.

"Unfortunately, I'm not fighting for the Drivers' World Championship anymore this year, so I'm just fighting for the Constructors' and that's the way it is.

"But it is going to be a fresh start for me and whoever my teammate is going to be, I hope we can work well together. It is an interesting new era for me."

It's time for the latest episode of our new Formula 1 podcast, with F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Thomas Maher and Mike Seymour discussing the fallout from a dramatic Italian Grand Prix weekend.

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