Valtteri Bottas hopes that Alfa Romeo can aim to be the fourth quickest team in 2022. Bottas qualified in 11th place at the Canadian Grand Prix, one spot behind histeammate Zhou Guanyu, who made it into the top 10. Due to some strong driving andluck with the Safety Cars, both drivers moved up the order to secure a doublepoints finish for the team. This result has buoyed the Finnish driver, who believes the squad arenow back on the right track in terms of performance. “Hopefully we can get up to a fourth best, that would be nice," Bottas told media, including RacingNews365.com . "But I think that nowwe're back on the form we've seen earlier this year, we need to get it up[further]."
Late Safety Car makes Bottas' day
Bottas was satisfied with the team's performance in Montreal, not just in terms of the points scored but also in relation to how they were catching the Alpines. "We're really pleased with getting double points, so it's good for us," he explained. "And especially towards the end [of the race], to see the actual race pace, that we could really put pressure on Alpine. I think we had more pace than them at the end, so for that I'm happy. "When you gain places in the race from your starting position, it's good.” Bottas attributed some of his strong finish to luck with the late Safety Car, as it helped him to come out in a position that didn't leave him caught behind other cars that could have slowed him down. "For me everything went perfectly," he added. "I started on the Hard tyre, and then towards the end there was the Safety Car, so I was like, 'Happy days, it's good for me'. "Any point is always good, and we got points with both cars so that's good. I'm glad that we could make up some positions, and every point will count towards the end of the year."