Valtteri Bottas has signed with Alfa Romeo Racing for the 2022 Formula 1 season, departing the Mercedes-AMG F1 outfit after five years.
The 32-year-old Finnish driver will enter the new era of regulations with the Alfa Romeo Racing team as part of a ‘multi-year deal’.
He has won nine F1 races, along with 17 pole positions and 63 podium finishes.
Bottas said: “A new chapter in my racing career is opening.
“The potential of the setup in Hinwil is clear and I am relishing the opportunity to help lead the team forward up the grid, especially with the new regulations in 2022 giving the team a chance to make a leap in performance.”
This announcement follows the recent news of Kimi Raikkonen, who made his F1 debut with Sauber and has driven with them since 2019, and his retirement at the end of the 2021 season.
“I’m grateful for the trust the team has put in me and I cannot wait to repay their faith,” Bottas added.
“I’m as hungry as ever to race for results and, when the time comes, for wins.
“I know Fred [Vasseur] well and I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team I am going to work with, building relationships as strong as the ones I have at Mercedes.
“I am proud of what I have achieved in Brackley and I am fully focused on finishing the job as we fight for another world championship, but I am also looking forward to the new challenges that await me next year.”
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal, was adamant to suggest their new 2022 chapter will have stability with Bottas’ experience and ability.
His 2022 teammate, whether it remains to be Antonio Giovinazzi or someone else, will be announced soon.
Bottas’ Mercedes departure also opens the likelihood of George Russell as a replacement in the former Finn’s seat.