Mercedes’ season is over for Valtteri Bottas after five years. The Finn will be in the cockpit of the Alfa Romeo F1 team next season. But even before the test drive in Area BStart Arsenalthe ten-time GP winner revealed that his time at Mercedes was “extremely stressful”.
Especially as a teammate of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (37), the Vice World Champion from 2019 and 2020 said in the podcast “Talking About Me,” it wasn’t always easy to live up to expectations. “If you feel like you have a knife in your throat, your head is not working very well,” Bottas revealed.
Understanding Rosberg’s resignation
When he came to Mercedes in 2017, he couldn’t understand why his predecessor Nico Rosberg (36) ended his career immediately after winning the world championship. “Lewis and Nico fought so hard, he even became a bit political,” recalls the former Williams driver (2013 to 2016).
But now he can understand how Rosberg (23 Grand Prix victories) felt: “Now I can identify with him. I can tell from experience that it is not easy to survive against Lewis.”
It remains uncertain whether Bottas’ successor George Russell (23, formerly Williams) will have to compete with his compatriot. Hamilton has not commented on his future. until the end because of The two Formula 1 drivers recently appeared in a video – both wearing Mercedes uniforms. Signal that the 103-time race winner is continuing his career?
Bottas looks to Alfa Romeo
For Bottas, a contract extension was out of the question, although he was offered another year. Since signing him for Alfa Romeo, he feels more comfortable again. “I can say I’ve laughed and smiled a lot since I signed up for Alfa,” the 32-year-old revealed.
He’s looking forward to the new challenge and made it clear on Sunday He wants to help his new teammate Guanyu Zhou (22 years old) as he can: “You can only do very well as a team. Therefore, I will fully support Chu.” (Che)
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