Bottas aiming for Abu Dhabi F1 check debut with Alfa Romeo


Bottas has already visited the Hinwil manufacturing unit and had a seat becoming in anticipation of a deal being reached.

Often in such conditions, advanced business preparations need to be addressed.

Nevertheless, the date of the 18-inch tyre check – on 14-15 December – is so late within the calendar yr that it falls near the tip of any related contracts.

A Mercedes spokesperson instructed Autosport that there was no cause for the workforce to face in the best way of Bottas testing for Alfa, including that “we’re engaged on it”.

“I have been just a few weeks in the past,” the Finn mentioned of his Hinwil go to. “It is a good manufacturing unit, so that they have all of the amenities wanted to be a robust workforce.

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“I believe they have not actually developed this yr’s automotive. So I am not anticipating a lot progress from them this yr. So I believe they’re trying ahead to subsequent yr since January.”

Bottas confirmed that he additionally had a seat becoming, whereas relating to the potential of doing the check he mentioned: “TBC. We’ll see. Hopefully, sure.”

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

Alfa workforce principal Fred Vasseur mentioned that talks a few launch are underneath approach.

“We’ve to debate with Mercedes and naturally and have to seek out an settlement on this,” he instructed Autosport.

“I hope that we’ll capable of finding one thing. A contract is a contract, and he has a contract till the tip of the yr, so we’ve got to discover a resolution.

“Even when the automotive will probably be a very totally different subsequent yr, it is a good train for each side to do it, and to have the expertise of working collectively.

“I believe it is sensible for him to do the check for us, and it will likely be a superb alternative. It is extra about build up the connection between the workforce and the motive force.”