Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas has revealed the advice he received from outgoing F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen about his new team. The former Alfa Romeo driver has informed his replacement that the Swiss team is a great team to work with.
Speaking to an Italian publication Dello Sports GazetteBottas said:
“I heard from Kimi Raikkonen at the end of last year. He explained something to me about working in this team, and he praised Alfa Romeo, his potential , telling me that I was going to have fun. But as you know, Kimi is not a man who talks a lot.
As one Finn replaced the other in Alfa Romeo, outgoing champion Raikkonen, who has been associated with the Swiss team since his F1 debut, advised Bottas to work with them. Bottas revealed that although Raikkonen is a tight-lipped person, the senior Finn has only positive comments about the Hinwil-based side.
Valtteri Bottas can’t wait to work with his new iconic F1 team
The Finn, who previously drove for Williams and Mercedes, has a tough job ahead leading the Alfa Romeo team. In the team, he will have Chinese rookie Guanyu Zhou as a teammate. Although his run in the pre-season test was compromised by Zhou’s stoppages, Bottas is optimistic about the season ahead and looking forward to working with his new team.
Proud to be associated with the iconic Italian brand, Bottas said:
“Driving for this iconic Italian brand is an honour, I feel a responsibility to bring the brand back to the top, but I don’t see it as pressure, I even think it’s a great motivation. Compared to the past, for me this is a step forward. I am proud to wear these colors: there will be work to do and we will have the opportunity to have fun.
Alfa Romeo could be a step back from his former team Mercedes, or even the Williams F1 team he made his debut with. The new regulations could, however, open a window of opportunity for the Finn if the team manages to develop his car properly. At Mercedes, his role has been compromised by having to play Lewis Hamilton’s winger often, with his only opportunity to challenge for the championship coming in the midst of a pandemic season in 2020.