It still looks very ambitious at the moment, but Valtteri Bottas does not rule out the possibility that Alfa Romeo could compete for victory from 2024.
Alfa Romeo has managed to work itself out from the back team to the midfield in recent years. This season, the team has made a clear step forward: with Alfa Romeo scoring only thirteen points in the entire 2021 season, Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou are already on 51 points after nine races.
A good step forward, but according to Bottas is not enough to cause a surprise this year. “We have little chance of winning this year,” Bottas was quoted as saying Motorsport-Total.com† “The front gap is huge. So we definitely need to find a way,” Finn urges his team, urging his message that with a budget limit it is possible to close that gap.
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But that will not only lead to chaos this year or next, Bottas thinks. “Now it’s about being creative,” says Alfa Romeo’s driver. “Like you out of the box he thinks and finds something that others have not thought of, then it is possible. Next year will be very difficult. But in two, three years? Never say a word! “
Bottas also notes that he will still be driving to Alfa Romeo. After years of one-year contracts with Mercedes, Finn’s situation with a multi-year contract with Alfa Romeo has stabilized further. “I really enjoy that, it makes me very happy because it is so new. There was [bij Mercedes] regular options, such as Williams. To be honest, I’m never been sure for a long time, “said Bottas, who was relieved.