Wins for Bottas in 2022? ‘Anything is possible’

Jamie Woodhouse
Rear view of Valtteri Bottas in the Alfa Romeo. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.

Rear view of Valtteri Bottas as he drives the Alfa Romeo in a test. Abu Dhabi, December 2021.

Valtteri Bottas targets regular points finishes in 2022 with Alfa Romeo, but the new regulations mean he can not rule out going far further.

After five seasons with the Mercedes team, Bottas now moves on to an entirely different project at Alfa Romeo, signing a multi-year contract with the team that managed only P9 in the 2021 Constructors’ Championship.

The team does represent an appealing option though, having throughout the 2021 campaign focused their efforts on the new 2022 challenger, hoping to shoot up the grid in what is being described as one of, if not the biggest regulatory shifts between seasons in F1 history.

And with the budget cap now reduced to $140million for 2022, along with a sponsor boost thanks to the signatures of Bottas and China’s first full-time F1 driver Gunayu Zhou, Alfa Romeo are expecting to spend close to the cap, creating real opportunities for the 2022 campaign.

Realistically, scoring points on a regular basis is Bottas’ expectation, but this is a clean slate for Formula 1, so the 10-time race winner is not putting limits on what can be achieved.

Valtteri Bottas tests the 2021 Alfa Romeo. Abu Dhabi December 2021
Valtteri Bottas tests the 2021 Alfa Romeo. Abu Dhabi December 2021

Speaking to GPFans, he said: “I feel like that’s the beauty of these new regulations, and the budget cap, and everything, that I feel like anything is possible.

“I definitely feel like Alfa Romeo, it should be higher up than it is now, at least from what I’ve seen at the factory and the people, the motivation and everything.

“That’s the beauty of the new regs, you just don’t know, so it’s quite hard to accept.

“For sure, I’m realistic. I don’t think we’re going to be consistently fighting for the wins next year, like [we did] with Mercedes, but consistently being in the points in the first year with the team, I think that is possible.

“There are so many variables and so many things that will eventually affect how it’s going to be.”

 

Bottas’ place at Mercedes has been taken by George Russell, following an impressive three-season spell at Williams for the Mercedes protege.

 

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