What the Finn is now doing with the Alfa-Sauber after leaving Mercedes after five years deserves a lot of respect from the competition.
Wolff: “We had to take Russell!”
Even Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says: “We knew why we kept Valtteri with us for five years. But with George Russell we had to bring the future into the team in 2022. That was simply necessary!»
Now both are happy: Mercedes and Alfa-Sauber. And even the strategists at Ferrari and Mercedes had to admit after their race analysis: If Bottas, like all the other drivers up front, had changed a third tire at the right time, he would have stayed ahead of Sainz and Hamilton!
«World Championship points almost mandatory!»
Sixth, eighth, fifth, seventh, sixth. Whoever would have predicted these Bottas results before the season would have been declared insane.
Now Bottas and Vasseur say together: “With this great car, championship points have become almost mandatory for us!”
And the steering wheel virtuoso (20 pole positions, 10 victories) himself: “You just feel good in this cockpit. And when you can still fight against Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes, it gives you a feeling that cannot be described. »
No victory on the doorstep
The people of Hinwil have become socially acceptable again. And that’s why the Monaco resident is looking forward to his home race: “Between the crash barriers, anything is possible. Once you lose, once you win. That is the destiny of everyone who starts in Monaco!”
Bottas himself never won there, but was third on the podium in 2019 behind teammate Hamilton and Vettel (Ferrari).
2021 stuck a wheel
The Finn always started from the front in Monaco in the Mercedes, but was never on pole position. In 2021 he raced off in third place. But at the first pit stop after 29 laps, a front wheel got stuck – Mercedes had to retire from the race.
Charles Leclerc got it even worse – like now in Barcelona (engine failure in a clear lead) – on his doorstep a year ago. Crash in qualifying, but still pole position.
On Sunday the wheel hub broke on the way to the starting grid – the best grid position remained empty. As Bottas said: “Between the crash barriers, anything is possible!” Or, Monte Carlo, here we come!
Box has to comfort him: Leclerc has to give up the race as the leader(00:33)