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Why Alfa Romeo has picked Bottas to be its 2022 F1 "leader"

The news that Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will join Alfa Romeo next year is the first key move in Formula 1's 2022 driver market. In an exclusive interview with Autosport, team boss Fred Vasseur explains why the Finn he last worked with a decade ago has the traits his team needs for 2022, as F1 enters its brave new era

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To no one’s great surprise Valtteri Bottas was formally confirmed as an Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver on Monday, signalling the start of a new chapter in the Finn’s career.

His eventual departure from Mercedes to make way for George Russell has been on the cards for a couple of years, even before the Englishman’s stunning performances with Williams this season - capped with a maiden podium at Spa - put the matter beyond any reasonable doubt.

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