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Valtteri Bottas Will Move To Alfa Romeo For 2022 Season


Alfa Romeo has exchanged one Finn for another as the Formula One team announced that Valtteri Bottas will move to Alfa Romeo from Mercedes beginning in the 2022 season in a multi-year deal that is expected to span two or three years.

In addition to replacing one Finn with another – Bottas will be replacing the retiring Kimi Raikkonen – Alfa Romeo also knocks 10 years off the clock with the 32-year-old Bottas taking the place of the soon-to-be 42 year-old Raikkonen.

Bottas has spent nine years in Formula 1 – the first four at Williams and the last five at Mercedes – winning nine races and collecting 63 podium finishes [out of 169 starts] along the way. In the F1 driver’s championship, Bottas has finished second [twice] and third [twice] in the past five years and has only finished out of the Top 10 once [his first year] in his nine years of F1 racing.

Alfa Romeo are ninth in the constructors’ championship after 13 races this season and have yet to make an announcement on a second driver with Bottas next year but are reported to be considering their current driver Antonio Giovinazzi, former Red Bull driver Alexander Albon and Formula E world champion Nyck de Vries.

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