THE formula 1 will return to Australia next weekend, in the first race in Melbourne since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020. And not only Australians are happy to welcome the top category of motorsport: Valtteri Bottas, in his first season at Alfa. Romeo, considers the country as a kind of “second home”, as it is the native country of his lover. The Finn highlighted the excitement of returning to Albert Park in 2022, after becoming the last driver to win there.
“I love coming to Australia,” Bottas said. “I’ve been spending a lot of time here lately, recently on winter break as my partner [a ciclista Tiffany Cromwell] It’s from South Australia and it’s one of my favorite places with so many things to see and do,” he explained.
The Australian Doctor was about to happen in 2020, and the team and drivers had even traveled to the country as usual. However, not only the cancellation was confirmed, but also the absence of the race last year, still for health reasons.
For 2022, in addition to the return of the track that usually opened the calendar, some changes were made to the track to receive new cars and improve the show, such as the expansion of some corners that made overtaking difficult and the addition of others. wing opening strip. mobile.
“For this reason and many others, I am happy to be able to race again in Melbourne,” he said. “Albert Park is a very attractive circuit, and the work done on this year’s race with the new generation cars should make the race even more exciting,” he said.
Bottas was the last driver to win in Australia, with Mercedes in 2019. Now at Alfa Romeo – which has significantly increased its performance from 2021 onwards – the Finn believes he can take the fight to almost all rivals on the grid with your set. in your hands, powered by a Ferrari engine.
“We are happy to show our speed here as we know we can fight with many cars on the grid,” he enthused. “We are confident that we can bring home the points, but it is important that we do our job correctly as we have seen how competitive the grid is.”
Doctor Who Australia, the third stage of the 2022 season, will take place this weekend, between the 8th and 10th of April.