May 22, 2021, Monaco, Roma, Principality of Monaco: BOTTAS Valtteri (fin), Mercedes AMG F1 GP W12 E Performance, portrait during the 2021 Formula One World Championship, Grand Prix of Monaco from on May 20 to 23 in Monaco - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI / LiveMedia (Credit Image: © Dppi/LPS via ZUMA Press)

Valtteri Bottas is “not too worried” over the current state of Alfa Romeo, the team he will join next season.

Bottas will leave Mercedes after five successful years with the team, winning four consecutive Constructors’ Championships and looking for a fifth one this season. It looks like he will be making the switch from a top team in Mercedes to a team on the lower end of the grid in Alfa Romeo.

Alfa sit ninth out of ten teams in the championship standings. Their results have been poor so far, with only Haas behind them as things stands. The Finn will be replacing Kimi Raikkonen next season, and insisted he is okay with his decision.

Bottas said he is “not too worried” over the current state of Alfa Romeo, and said that he is confident in their project.

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Bottas (pictured) wants the winning feeling before he leaves Mercedes, and after he joins Alfa Romeo. Source: formula1.com

“I know that they haven’t really developed this year’s car and they haven’t really progressed this year,” Bottas said, as quoted by RaceFans.

“But I know the efforts they’re putting in for the future so I’m not too worried, it’s not going to improve suddenly this season, for them. That’s a fact.

“But next year is different cars and everything. So I’m obviously more hopeful than what the results are now.”

One last win

Bottas’ Mercedes career has seen him rack up nine wins. He is determined to hit the double digit mark before he departs, but insisted that he also wants to help his team take both the championships home.

“I want to win,” Bottas stressed.

“I want to win and also I really want us to get the fifth constructors title and obviously, if it’s not me winning the championship, I want that to be Lewis. For me, individual race results – that is still the big motivation for me,” he concluded.

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