‘When you are in Mercedes, you are in the shadow of Lewis’: Valtteri Bottas has made the right call by joining Alfa Romeo and ending his partnership with Hamilton, insists team CEO Frederic Vasseur

Valtteri Bottas has made the right call to step out from Lewis Hamilton’s shadow and become the leading man at Alfa Romeo, hsi new CEO has suggested. Bottas spent five years as the Brit’s partner, finished second in the standings in both 2019 and 2020, while also winning 10 races during his time with the constructor. Bottas was accused of going missing by some on the final race of the year, as Hamilton lost the world title to Max Verstappen on the final lap in the most exhilarating finish to an F1 season in recent memory. If Bottas is within a pit-stop window of Verstappen, Verstappen is not having “free” stops willy-nilly. ‘A great driver for the team for so many years, his last race he went missing and it meant Verstappen had a free stop at the Virtual Safety Car, free stop at the Safety Car.

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