Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur outlined his expectations for Valtteri Bottas driving for the team for the 2022 season, stating that he will be out of the “shadow” of Lewis Hamilton.
Bottas, who will end his five-year stint with the Silver Arrows, now joins his former boss at ART GP in GP3, this time in F1 through a multi-year contract at Alfa Romeo Racing. Vasseur hopes new environment will help the Finn get rid of the reputation of a second driver.
“I know he is more than professional. The speed is there. If you compare with Lewis, he is the closest guy of Lewis. And Lewis is an absolute reference for me. Altogether, I think he is the perfect package for us,” Vasseur commented.
“He was always known as Lewis’ teammate. The new chapter with us is that he has to become the leader. I don’t want to have a situation of number one and number two but at least he won’t be in the shadow of someone.
“He has to take the responsibility of the team on his shoulders. It could be a new chapter and I hope perhaps he will also benefit from this environment.”