The Finn has an option to stay at the current Alfa Romeo titled team in to 2024 as part of an original two plus-one year contract that he signed with the squad ahead of the 2022 campaign.
However, despite showing potential at the beginning following his move from Mercedes, Alfa Romeo has fallen behind in the midfield rankings and currently holds the ninth position in the constructors’ championship.
At present, the company is getting ready for a complete acquisition by Audi, a German manufacturer, who will be joining Formula 1 at the beginning of 2026.
Bottas has been cautious about speculating on the future potential of the team, but he now acknowledges that it would be beneficial for him to continue with Audi in the future.
Bottas was questioned about his willingness to remain until 2026, to which he responded, “Upon reflection, I am indeed interested. The team is entering an intriguing era, which captivates me.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C43
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“When your attention is solely on the present moment, you may not always desire to contemplate the future extensively. However, upon deeper reflection and consideration of the overall strategy, it becomes logical.”
“I would find it highly inspiring to be involved in that. However, it is still quite some time in the future. I am confident that we will have discussions about it at some point, but not at this moment.”
With the team preparing for its takeover by Audi, there have been suggestions that its current progress is being held back by it having one eye on the long term.
Bottas has refuted any suggestion that Alfa Romeo’s progress is being hindered by their current state of inactivity.
“It may appear from an external perspective that individuals are simply anticipating Audi’s arrival and so forth,” he stated. “However, this is not the reality.”
“We are all working tirelessly, giving our best efforts. Therefore, we are not stagnant. However, the competition has become extremely fierce, and if you don’t begin the season at your best, it becomes challenging to recover. Hence, we are striving forward, refusing to remain idle.”