Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas feels that he can “belief” his present employers greater than he may Mercedes.
The Finn was signed to Mercedes by staff principal, Toto Wolff, after the shock retirement of 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg, forward of the 2017 season.
Bottas was put straight up in opposition to Sir Lewis Hamilton, and he received three races in 2017 as he helped the German facet to the Constructors’ Championship, incomes himself one other yr.
The now 33-year-old was unlucky to not win a grand prix in 2018, however he and Hamilton guided Mercedes to staff gold once more that yr, and Bottas was stored on as soon as extra.
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Two extra one-year preparations would observe after 2021, however the lack of job safety on the Brackley-based squad grew to become an excessive amount of of a burden on Bottas’ shoulders, so he needed to go away.
He landed in Switzerland with Alfa Romeo, and so they gave him a contract till the top of subsequent season, so he feels as if he can chill out his shoulders and race with out something hanging over his head.
“I can work right here with out feeling any destructive strain,” Bottas informed Auto Bild.
“I solely ever had a one-year contract so I by no means knew if I might be persevering with or not, that sucked.
“Each driver offers with immense strain in Method 1 however even that has a restrict that can’t be exceeded or the efficiency suffers.”
Bottas’ position now could be rather a lot completely different to what it was at Mercedes; he’s the extra skilled racer in comparison with rookie team-mate, Zhou Guanyu, and he’s charged with utilizing his expertise to assist Alfa Romeo develop in the direction of the entrance.
The Swiss outfit subsequently tackle board all of the enter he has to supply, and it’s a extra profound feeling than the eight-time champions gave him.
“That provides you the mandatory safety and in addition the mandatory belief, you discover that the belongings you recommend take impact as a result of the staff listened to you,” added Bottas.
“I don’t need to use the time period ‘#1 driver’, however I really feel the duty and the belief that’s given to me right here.
“My position is way over simply driving the automotive, and I didn’t have that feeling at Mercedes by a protracted shot.”
Might issues have turned out in another way had the previous Williams driver turned down the Mercedes seat for 2017?
Nobody will ever know, so Bottas prefers to deal with the right here and now.
“It’s a superb query that I discover very troublesome to reply, I don’t know,” he mentioned.
“All I do know is that I don’t need to be wherever else in the intervening time however right here.”
Audi are set to purchase the Sauber staff in 2026, and Alfa Romeo are strolling away from Hinwil on the finish of subsequent season.
The German firm will transfer the operation from simply exterior of Zurich to their base within the outskirts of Ingolstadt, bringing an finish to Sauber’s involvement within the pinnacle of motorsport.
Audi haven’t but determined their driver line-up, however signing somebody of Bottas’ expertise with a German works staff would possibly simply be a good suggestion.
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“I can’t say something about Audi, however it wouldn’t change something for me personally,” mentioned the Finn with a chuckle.
“However sure, my expertise with Mercedes is necessary. You not solely study what a huge equipment is behind you, but in addition what mechanisms you want with a purpose to achieve success ultimately.”
Bottas received 10 races with Mercedes throughout his five-year keep there, and he has scored factors on seven events with Alfa Romeo this season.