Final month, Audi formally confirmed it could be part of forces with Sauber as its energy unit producer in 2026, when a brand new engine method will kick in.
After Alfa Romeo’s sponsorship cope with the Hinwil workforce lapses on the finish of 2023, it’s anticipated Audi will steadily begin ramping up its involvement because it turns into a shareholder within the Swiss outfit.
For present Alfa Romeo driver Bottas, who joined the privateer after 5 years at Mercedes, driving for a bona fide works workforce once more is of course an attractive prospect.
When requested in Mexico if he’s hoping to stay round at Sauber when Audi jumps on board in 2026, Bottas stated: “Why not? I am 33 years outdated, so I hope that I’ll be there.”
Bottas defined that Audi’s entry will assist maintain each him and the workforce motivated within the coming years.
“I’d say sure, as a result of in the event you have a look at the large image, I believe it is large. There’s large potential for Sauber with Audi.
“Little doubt they wish to succeed sooner or later. They wish to do effectively and present they’re severe.
“So, I believe for any driver on the grid, particularly for me now being already a part of Sauber, it could be very fascinating to be a part of that undertaking. I positively assume it is potential.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo F1 Group
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Whereas Bottas conceded Alfa Romeo wants “a variety of work” to turn into aggressive, he hopes further Audi backing forward of its official 2026 entry will help the workforce bridge the hole to the frontrunners.
“There’s nonetheless work to do, little question. That is the very fact. However it’s not that far, you already know, the services are there,” the Finn identified.
“Some services, some equipment will be higher in comparison with a championship-winning workforce. And the quantity of individuals within the workforce continues to be a bit lower than at the very least what I noticed final 12 months.
“However with the help of a producer like Audi I see no cause why it would not be potential.
“I believe [the timeline] is dependent upon how a lot Audi goes to help this workforce earlier than they formally come as a producer.
“Clearly, nothing modifications for subsequent 12 months. We’re nonetheless with Alfa Romeo. And naturally, we hope that we will have a greater automobile than this 12 months.
“However then I believe it is dependent upon the help from 2024 onwards.
“If [Audi] are prepared to help, in the event that they’re actually serving to so much and supporting and if the facility unit is sweet for 2026, which is inconceivable to foretell in the meanwhile, then why not.”