Valtteri Bottas is expected to take up the Alfa Romeo seat if Kimi Raikkonen announces his retirement from Formula One.
At the end of the season, the 2008 Formula One champion will leave Alfa Romeo.
Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed his retirement from Formula One at the conclusion of the season, fueling speculation that Valtteri Bottas could take his position at Alfa Romeo.
Last year, the legendary Finnish driver set the record for most F1 starts, becoming him the most experienced driver in the sport’s history.
But it was at Ferrari in 2007 that he won the championship, edging off Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in a dramatic final race in Brazil.
Raikkonen joined Alfa Romeo after leaving Ferrari at the conclusion of 2018, but he has struggled to compete this season.
On Instagram, the 41-year-old announced his probable retirement from the sport.
Raikkonen remarked on Instagram, “This is it.” “This is my final season in Formula One.”
“This was a decision I made throughout the winter. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s time to move on after this season.
“Even though the season is still going on, I want to express my gratitude to my family, all of my teams, everyone involved in my racing career, and, most importantly, all of you wonderful fans who have been rooting for me all along.
“Formula 1 may be coming to a close for me, but there is still so much more in life that I want to do and see.
“After all of this, I’ll see you around!” Regards, Kimi.”
Raikkonen’s impending departure from Formula One has been predicted for some time, and it now officially frees up a slot for next season.
Bottas is expected to replace the 2007 Formula One winner at Alfa Romeo, according to reports.
Last week, Toto Wolff said that he has already decided who will accompany Lewis Hamilton next season.
The announcement will be delayed because Wolff wants to know about George Russell’s and Bottas’ futures beforehand.
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