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Valtteri Bottas to Start a New F1 Chapter in 2022

At the end of the 2021 Formula One season, Valtteri Bottas will leave the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team after five highly successful seasons.

We will bid farewell to a brilliant team-mate and colleague, as he moves on to a new chapter in his F1 career at Alfa Romeo Racing.

Valtteri joined the team at the beginning of 2017 and to date, he has scored nine race wins, 54 podiums and 17 pole positions with us.

His contribution to the team has been immense, with his passion, dedication, and Finnish fire out on track playing a pivotal role in Mercedes winning four consecutive Constructors' Championships.

Furthermore, Valtteri's partnership with Lewis Hamilton will be recorded as one of the most successful in the sport's history.

But for now, we continue to focus on the fight we have across the remainder of this season as we bid to claim our eighth consecutive Drivers' and Constructors' championships.

"I am so proud of everything we have achieved together in my time with Mercedes - and it is not over yet, because we have our biggest challenge so far to try and claim our eighth constructors' title," said Valtteri as he commented on the news of his move to Alfa Romeo.

"When I look back on my time with Mercedes, I want to be able to say that I squeezed every drop out of this opportunity and left nothing on the table; and I want to make sure that we finish our time together as champions.

"It has been a privilege and a great sporting challenge to work with Lewis, and the harmony in our relationship played a big part in the constructors' championships we won as teammates. Later this year, the time will come to say goodbye -that's not for now, but I would like to thank Toto and the team for the respect in how we took the decision together.

"I am really pleased to have chosen my new challenge with Alfa Romeo, an exciting and iconic manufacturer, and by the opportunity to help lead the team forward up the grid. I'm as hungry as ever to race for results and when the time comes, for wins. But for now, my mission is clear: maximum attack for Mercedes, all the way to the final lap in Abu Dhabi."

Team Principal Toto Wolff echoed Valtteri's warm words, when discussing Valtteri's decision to move to Alfa Romeo.

"This hasn't been an easy process or a straightforward decision for us," he said. "Valtteri has done a fantastic job over the past five seasons and he has made an essential contribution to our success and to our growth.

"Together with Lewis, he has built a benchmark partnership between two team-mates in the sport, and that has been a valuable weapon in our championship battles and pushed us to achieve unprecedented success.

"He would absolutely have deserved to stay with the team, and I am pleased that he has been able to choose an exciting challenge with Alfa next year to continue his career at the top level of the sport; when the time comes, he will leave us with huge goodwill from every single member of the team, and he will forever be part of the Mercedes family."