Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas is reportedly in talks with the Alfa Romeo team to get one of their seats for the 2022 season – The Swiss team powered by Ferrari, which is pretty much their junior team, would mean a surprise switch to a rival outfit.
This is what the French newspaper “L’Équipe” said on Friday, and indeed confirm some rumours this website has been sent some time ago.
The 31-year-old Finn is currently with Mercedes and will almost certainly be replaced by young British driver Williams George Russell in 2022.
At Alfa Romeo, the returns of drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi have not been confirmed. The Italian team is newly managed by Frederic Vasseur, who worked with Bottas in F3 and GP3. Vasseur is said to have full powers to choose his drivers, according to L’Equipe.
Obviously, Ferrari would push for this move as Bottas would bring with him valuable information on Mercedes.
Bottas is in his fifth campaign with Mercedes, having previously driven for Williams for four seasons. In 2021, he is fourth in the drivers’ standings with 108 points. He is 77 points behind leader Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and 69 points behind teammate Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).