Valtteri Bottas’ departure from Mercedes confirmed

He’ll make the switch to Alfa Romeo in 2022 after five seasons alongside Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas has signed a deal with Alfa Romeo starting next season. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/Getty Images

Valtteri Bottas has signed a deal with Alfa Romeo starting next season. Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/Getty Images

 

Valtteri Bottas’ departure from Mercedes has been confirmed — clearing the way for British driver George Russell to join Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas will make the switch to Alfa Romeo in 2022 after five seasons alongside Hamilton at the Silver Arrows.

The 32-year-old Finn, who finished third at Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix, will replace Kimi Raikkonen.

The 2007 world champion, 41, will retire from Formula One at the end of the year.

It is expected that Russell’s elevation from Williams to Mercedes will be announced on Tuesday.

Bottas, a nine-time race winner, said: “A new chapter in my racing career is opening.

“I’m excited to join Alfa Romeo for 2022 and beyond for what is going to be a new challenge with an iconic manufacturer.

“I’m grateful for the trust the team has put in me and I cannot wait to repay their faith. I’m as hungry as ever to race for results and, when the time comes, for wins.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the rest of the team I am going to work with, building relationships as strong as the ones I have at Mercedes.

“I am proud of what I have achieved in Brackley and I am fully focused on finishing the job as we fight for another world championship, but I am also looking forward to the new challenges that await me next year.”

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