"The Wingman" or the second driver happens to be just a label
Valtteri Bottas proves he was underrated all the time by delivering great results for Alfa Romeo
Valtteri Bottas amazed everyone with his race performance in Emilia Romagna gp and previous races.
During the race Valtteri was close to overtaking a driver from his ex-team, Mercedes. And naturally looking at this the audience could do nothing but think about his past being a wingman of the first driver.
Last year Alfa Romeo announced the 3 year long contract with Bottas and at that time nobody could be sure it’s a good deal. Alfa Romeo were not the strongest team on the grid. Moreover Valtteri‘s results in the past years couldn’t be considered as good, especially comparing to his teammate.
Having a fresh start this year obviously was a good choice for Valtteri, as after this race, and the previous ones, you can see clearly his reputation of a number two was nothing more than just a label.
“Yes, it was a good race,” said the Finnish driver.
“I mean, even with a bit of contact in Turn 2 – luckily there was not damage. The pit stop for sure compromised the race a bit. After that we had really good pace, I could push flat-out all through the race. I was catching the Mercedes pretty well, and unfortunately didn’t quite have the pace towards the end to overtake them – but good points.”
Apparently he was asked if he enjoyed the fact he had enough pace to challenge Mercedes—
“Yes – really enjoying it. It’s really good fun. The upgrades we had this weekend definitely made the car even stronger, so it’s a good feeling.”
And indeed after all these years Valtteri can enjoy having a seat where he can show his potential and enjoy challenging Mercedes.
This season was a good start for him and Alfa Romeo so far, and now it seems like his journey with the new teams is going to be vivid.