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After three seasons with the Kimi Raikkonen-Antonio Giovinazzi duo, Alfa Romeo will be renewed in 2022 based on the experience of Valtteri Bottas ’No. 2 Mercedes and the freshness of Chinese first F1 driver Guanyu Zhou. Small peculiarity of this season: Alfa Romeo is the only team on the board that has changed its two drivers during the low season.
After two difficult seasons, especially with 21 points, Alfa Romeo has returned to battle in midfield. With 51 points on the clock, the Italian team is just 6 points away from its best total of points scored in 2019.
For the year of the brand’s 120th anniversary, Alfa Romeo is currently sixth in the manufacturer’s mid-season rankings and could claim better, if the C42’s reliability hadn’t failed 5 times this season.
The summary after 11 rounds in 2022
- 9th Valtteri Bottas – 46 points
- 17th Guanyu Zhou – 5 points
- 6th Alfa Romeo – 51 points
Best result of the race: 5th Valtteri Bottas – Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna
Best ranking result: 5th Valtteri Bottas – Miami Grand Prix
Top 5: 1 (GP of Emilia-Romagna)
Top 10: 9 (Bahrain X2, Australia, Emilia Romagna, Miami, Spain, Monaco, Canada X2)
Illustrative photo – Valtteri BottasPhoto credit – Icon Sport
After five seasons at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas was sacked after George Russell was recruited to the German team. He was then offered two options: Williams, a team he had already played for and dreamed of regaining his former glory, and Alfa Romeo. A team led by an old acquaintance of the Finn, Frédéric Vasseur.
His goal from the start of the season to be regularly on points is going well so far. The Finn was able to finish 7 races in the top 10 in 11 Grand Prix and justifies his recruitment alongside Alfa Romeo. Still, Valtteri Bottas dreams of getting a podium with his new team. His best result was a fifth place in the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, in the fourth test of the season.
Despite his good overall form, the Finn has only scored 8 points in the last 5 Grands Prix. A significant drop in speed when we know he had scored 38 points during the first 6 races.
In addition, his record of 103 consecutive top-10s ended in Melbourne. The last time Valtteri Bottas did not enter the top 10 in qualifying for the Grand Prix was in 2016, in Abu Dhabi, when he was in Williams.
Illustration photo – Guanyu ZhouPhoto credit – Icon Sport
The only debutant on the grid this season, Guanyu Zhou has already experienced several milestones. Although he only adds 5 points with two finals in the top 10, this ranking does not reflect his good start to the season. Fast in the race, the Chinese driver finished in the points of the first race of the season in Bahrain.
Despite some more difficult races, he finished 3 times in a row ahead of his teammate in the standings. He also won his best Grand Prix of the season in Canada, finishing 9th on the grid and 8th in the finish.
Unfortunately for him, his performances are in the background, because we remember the accident he experienced at Silverstone. Miraculously, he believes this event made him grow and will help him for the rest of his career.
What to expect next?
Illustrative photoPhoto credit – Icon Sport
Alfa Romeo will have to fight to stay in the fight in the middle of the field. We already know that the two teams behind the standings, AlphaTauri and Haas, will make major improvements during the Hungarian Grand Prix. No information has been leaked about Alfa Romeo’s choices between developing this year’s car or preparing for 2023.
As for the drivers, Valtteri Bottas has a long-term contract and will be behind the wheel of Alfa Romeo in 2023. For Guanyu Zhou, he is without a contract at the end of the season and no extension offer has been made. was done. However, given the satisfaction that the Chinese driver has provided, it should be extended by the end of the summer break.
Close-up of the performance of the Alfa Romeo team after 11 F1 Grand Prix in 2022 and its drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou. The Italian team currently ranks 6th in the constructors’ standings with 51 points.