Even if he is in a less competitive team, which does not fight for victories in Grand Prix, nor for the title of constructors’ championship, he contributes greatly to the success of Alfa Romeo. The Finn scored 41 of the team’s 46 points.
Valtteri Bottas, who is racing for the tenth consecutive year in F1, has signed a multi-year contract with the Italian team, something he had not experienced at Williams, or even Mercedes. In an interview with Motorsporthe declares that it is one of his best seasons since he arrived in F1.
“It’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to sign for several years. Even at Williams, it was only one-season deals. It’s the first time that I don’t have this stress, these questions. »
Life in pink at Alfa Romeo
Now that his future in Formula 1 is guaranteed for several seasons and that he no longer has the pressure to compete for the championship, the Finn particularly appreciates this new life. According to statements reported by MotorsportBottas would live the most pleasant season of his career.
“This season is probably the most pleasant. Of course, I don’t necessarily remember every detail of the past, but I really feel like I enjoy Formula 1 more than ever. »
“When I’m on the track, I have a lot of fun, especially in the middle of the peloton. But also with the differences in strategies at each race. I feel like one decision can save you a lot of places. It’s a totally different game. »
“In the past, at Mercedes, we used to fight with only one team. So we were just focused on two cars. But now there are six cars around us, so you have to be more careful, but I like it. »
The environment at Alfa Romeo allows the Finn to fully develop in his driving. This is reflected in his statements, and his life that he portrays on his social networks, the pilot is more relaxed now that he no longer has the pressure of results and that he receives less criticism from fans and observers.
“Of course, when I’m working, I work hard, but when I’m resting, I can do whatever I want. Life with the team in F1 and outside is really well balanced. When I’m not on the track, I’m so relaxed. Even the opinion of people, I attach much less importance to it compared to before. »
After five trying years at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton, the Finnish driver can take full advantage of this new chapter in his career. And it is true that he has never given the impression of being so relaxed, as evidenced by the content he shares on social networks. Content that he would probably not have shared if the Finn was still at Mercedes.