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Bottas "wasn't aware" of Andretti talks with Alfa Romeo

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21/10/2021

Valtteri Bottas has admitted that when signing his multi-year deal with Alfa Romeo he was unaware that the team was in talks with Michael Andretti.

Andretti, who has admitted his desire to enter F1, is understood to be meeting with representatives of Sauber, which runs the team, this weekend.

"I wasn't aware during the negotiations," Bottas told reporters today. "To be honest I don't know much details, if there's actually a big chance for that happening or not.

"I'm sure the people who will make the decision, they will know what is going to be best for the team in the long-term," he added, the deal said to have the support of many within the paddock, not least the sport's owners.

"I don't have much say on who owns the team and with how many percentage, that's how it goes, that's the business side of Formula 1," he laughed. "As long as the team still has the right people, key people in there, than I believe can do a great job, that's the main thing for me."

Asked if he had any concerns over the possible buy-out, he said: "Why not? Obviously as a driver for the team in the future it would be, before that, nice to know a bit more about the plans for the future. But yeah, why not?"

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1. Posted by kenji, 22/10/2021 10:47

"I can understand why he was not informed if indeed anything is happening. Bottas was negotiating a contract to race for Sauber/AR and the owners whoever they may be are irrelevant. When complete confidentiality is the essence of any business dealings of this magnitude and character then there may have been restrictions in place anyway. If Andretti do in fact become owners in whole or in part then that can only be good for the team and F1 after all isn't diversity a sacrosanct platform these days?"

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2. Posted by Wokingchap, 22/10/2021 10:00

"I wonder if Valtteri asked about the teams future plans during negotiations, it would seem a little naive not to. Surely he had a right to know."

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