Valtteri Bottas has reiterated how completely satisfied he’s at having break up from Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes to hitch Alfa Romeo by insisting 2022 is “in all probability probably the most satisfying” season of his F1 profession. The feedback come a matter of months after the Finn declared he was “happier” now he is not racing alongside the “dominant” Hamilton with the Silver Arrows.
Bottas noticed his five-year stint with Mercedes come to an finish following the conclusion of the 2021 F1 World Championship and a contemporary problem with Alfa Romeo start. Throughout his time with the Silver Arrows, the 32-year-old claimed 10 Grand Prix victories and twice completed as runner-up to team-mate Hamilton within the drivers’ championship.
Having taken a step down to hitch Alfa Romeo, lately Bottas’ targets throughout the sport have shifted considerably and seen him embroiled in action-packed battles with numerous different groups in the midst of the pack. Regardless of not difficult with Hamilton on the pinnacle of the game, Bottas has reiterated that he feels he’s higher off away from the Brit. In his view, he has by no means been happier inside F1.
“This season might be probably the most satisfying thus far,” Bottas advised Motorsport.com. “OK, possibly you do not at all times keep in mind issues, nevertheless it actually appears like I am having fun with F1 greater than ever.
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“When it will get to the racing, it is a whole lot of good enjoyable, particularly like within the midfield and the way totally different it’s strategy-wise within the races. It is extra like one determination can bounce you a lot locations. It is a totally different sport.
“Up to now at Mercedes, usually it was just one staff that we battled in opposition to, so then it is simply centered on these two automobiles. However now I can have six automobiles round that we want to pay attention to. In order that’s good.”
The remarks arrive a number of months after Bottas said one thing related concerning his new-found enjoyment of F1. Talking again in April, the Alfa Romeo driver confessed he was feeling “happier” now he wasn’t competing alongside the “dominant” Hamilton, with the ex-Mercedes man additionally divulging that he now felt he had extra of a voice inside his staff.