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Bottas to join Alfa Romeo as part of Mercedes merry-go-round

Bottas to join Alfa Romeo as part of Mercedes merry-go-round

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Bottas to join Alfa Romeo as part of Mercedes merry-go-round

Bottas to join Alfa Romeo as part of Mercedes merry-go-round
Ian Parkes & Ewan Gale

Valtteri Bottas is to join Alfa Romeo pending confirmation of George Russell's move to Mercedes, GPFans Global understands.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff confirmed at the Belgian Grand Prix that a decision had been made regarding its 2022 driver line-up but that the delay in announcing Lewis Hamilton's partner was down to sorting the futures of both drivers.

With Russell joining Mercedes, Bottas will move to replace fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen at Alfa Romeo, with the 41-year-old to retire from F1 at the end of the season.

After the Italian manufacturer re-signed to stay in F1 with Sauber, more freedom was given to the team over its driver line-up as previously its seats were dictated by Ferrari and its junior driver academy.

Antonio Giovinazzi is also expected to lose his drive at the end of the season in favour of Mercedes' Formula E champion Nyck de Vries, with the Italian remaining as part of the Ferrari programme.

Russell’s move opens the door for Alex Albon to return to the F1 grid, with suggestions the Williams vacancy is set to be filled by the Thai-British driver.

Albon has performed reserve duties for Red Bull since being dropped at the end of last season whilst also competing in the DTM championship in Germany.

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Greybear

I just wish Valtteri the very best with his new team. The problem he has had at Mercedes is that in my opinion he was partnered with the best F1 driver ever to have driven in F1. Valtteri is a good driver but when trying to match Lewis it was am impossible task. As a result he lost confidence and his driving suffered as a result. Good luck ...

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I just wish Valtteri the very best with his new team. The problem he has had at Mercedes is that in my opinion he was partnered with the best F1 driver ever to have driven in F1. Valtteri is a good driver but when trying to match Lewis it was am impossible task. As a result he lost confidence and his driving suffered as a result. Good luck ...

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KennyT

Agree with this statement 100% and Valtteri Bottas I wish you all the best moving forward in your career.

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Luigi

Well whatever drugs are being taken here I'll have some.

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There is always someone who has to spoil the party. Why don't you simply wish bottas a safe and prosperous new chapter.

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Chih-Jen

internet trolls, they don't have a life, u c

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You may not agree with these opinions, but to insinuate that they come from unsober minds is both flippant and unfair.

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Michaelangelo

Greybeard... you have just spoken the whole truth

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Max

Yeah have to agree. Frankly I think Bottas has done a remarkable job getting as close to LH as he has. Martin Brundle said the other day in one of his Sky articles that he would be extremely happy to get within 2 tents of Lewis.

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Rodolfo Salinas-Villarreal

I think it would have been much better if he went to Williams rather than Alfa Romeo. The latter team has not been successful at all in their results.

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Wish him the best , can't wait to see him in a new team

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KevS

If Nyck De Vries comes in to F1, be it at Alfa or Williams, I think it'll be in preperation to replace Lewis after 2023.

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Valtteri-sucks-sh1t

Bottas is useless. Total piece of garbage.

Can we now watch an F1 race without this pile of dog's eggs getting in the way? Hope so. If you "wish him the best", you are basically a brain-dead idiot who cares zero about the integrity of the sport and just wants your guys to win, regardless of how dirty the methods of achieving it. Imagine having the best car for so long and nothing to show for it. What a colossal tool. I wonder if Bottas has got used to the smell of Hamilton on his wife's breath?

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SammmyS

Nice way to hide inter troll. Feeling bad for yourself I bet. Bottas is getting paid $$$ and you sitting there complaining. You wish that was Hamilton’s scent on your breath. If you have nothing constructive to say. Don’t say it. Yes. He had the best car, but Hamilton is clearly better. Bottas has talent, but if you look at the qualy’s, he was unable to improve his times where as Hamilton and Verstappen were able to eek out performance improvements over the course of the session and secure p1/p2.

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now he undoubtedly will be #1 driver in the team. Hope ercedes has better "customer engines " than Ferrari, as it was a downward slope with them..

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Wingwong

I bet if he does join Alfa Romeo, what secrets about the Mercedes technology. Present and future.... He's class on his day, but it's the consistency what's left him looking average on some Saturdays and race days.... Good luck.....

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