Valtteri Bottas, the Finnish driver for the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team, has expressed his disappointment in their current position in the Constructors’ Championship, currently sitting in eighth place with only one championship point. Bottas admitted that his personal goals for the season have been re-evaluated to focus on helping the team make progress during a “challenging” year. He believes that the team is not where they want to be, but also states that progress is being made as the team builds towards their transition to Audi works status in 2026.
Despite the lack of results so far this year, Bottas notes that the team is improving as they “pay attention to smaller details,” both in terms of car design and operational processes. However, while the team is moving in the right direction, the progress might not be as quick as hoped for. As Bottas himself admits, there is still a lot of work to do, but he sees Aston Martin‘s rise to the front of the grid in 2023 as an inspiring example of what can be achieved.
Bottas believes that staying motivated is key to making progress, especially when facing challenging times. He states that the team is “trying to work away” from their current situation, and highlights that he is still committed to the team in the long-term, choosing to focus on progress and improvements rather than specific results. Bottas acknowledges that there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the future line-up of the team, and he sees this as an additional motivation to work hard and move the team forward.
Bottas also reveals that the team is aware of its shortcomings and accepts the amount of work that still needs to be done. However, he views the success of teams like Aston Martin and Red Bull as achievable goals for Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, providing additional drive for the team. Bottas believes that a focus on the details and a forward-thinking approach will help Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN make progress, allowing them to achieve their goals and move up the Constructors’ Championship standings.