Toto Wolff picks out ‘rare’ trait Valtteri Bottas lacks against Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has backed Valtteri Bottas’ next venture at Alfa Romeo in 2022, however admits he lacked a certain “rare” trait alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes. Wolff is preparing for a new dynamic next season as Bottas is set to be replaced by George Russell, in Hamilton’s first new partnership since 2017.

The multiple World Championship-winning team spent months evaluating whether to retain Bottas or promote their protege Russell, who has spent the past three years racing at the British team Williams.

But plans began to fall into place ahead of the Italian Grand Prix as Bottas revealed he was leaving the team

The move came after the Finn spent the past five seasons playing second fiddle to Hamilton, with his future boss Frederic Vasseur adding the move would offer him a fresh start and a different challenge in a new environment.

Speaking after the announcement, Vasseur confirmed that Bottas will be their lead driver next season and his outgoing boss Wolff was inclined to agree.

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Asked what can be expected at Alfa Romeo, Wolff told Speedweek that he will “take the lead there.”

He added: “He can bring the team forward. He’s certainly not a phenomenon like Lewis [Hamilton] or Max [Verstappen], which is very rare, but most recently in Turkey, for example, he drove better than the two of them.”

The Finn has largely spent his time at Mercedes in Hamilton’s shadow as the Briton picked up world title after world title at the British-based German team.

However, Vasseur told Autosport he has a different vision for the 32-year-old at the Swiss-based team.

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“I think he was really convinced by our project,” Vasseur said. “2021 was not the easiest season, but he knows that we stopped completely the development of the car months ago. And he knows that [Alfa Romeo parent company] Stellantis renewed the contract for the next years. This is also a huge push for the project.

“Ferrari will do a step, we will develop the chassis – we stopped the current one at the end of ’19.

“We are building a strong line-up for the future, so we are putting everything together, including the partnership with Stellantis.

“And honestly, I think for Valtteri, it’s a good new chapter. I’m convinced that Valtteri can have the position of leader.

“I don’t have a leader, but at least in terms of experience and so on, he will be the leader of the team.

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“And I think for him, it will be an opportunity to become the leader, to show the direction. And I think he’s also looking for something like this.”

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