Sunday , March 26 2023

Valtteri Bottas has flourished since the announcement of the move to Alfa-Sauber


Valtteri Bottas (32) is the fourth Finn to introduce himself in Hinwil, after JJ Lehto, Mika Salo and birthday child Kimi Räikkönen (42). Of course, there in the holy Sauber factory halls and with the most loyal fans of the fourth oldest Formula 1 team (after Ferrari, McLaren, Williams), he will never reach the popularity of Kimi. But that is also not Bottas’ job following the dismissal of Nico Rosberg from the Blitz title at the end of 2016 and the five free years at Mercedes that followed. The ten-time GP winner (most recently on October 10 in Turkey) should lead the Alpha-Sauber as an asphalt leader in 2022. A stage spot would be almost too much to ask for. The last was the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi with the third place in Suzuka 2012. At that time there were two former Sauber drivers on stage: Vettel in the Red Bull-Renault and Massa in the Ferrari.

The years of printing on the Silver Arrows seem to be over

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