In its final season below the Alfa Romeo identify, the Swiss outfit slumped from sixth to ninth on the earth championship, scoring solely 16 factors.
Bottas says the workforce realised that it had reached the top of the road with its 2023 automotive and that an all-new method was wanted as a revised design workforce begins to gel below technical director James Key.
“I am glad that it is over now,” mentioned the Finn of the previous season. “And subsequent 12 months, everybody begins from zero once more. There’s been many, many modifications within the workforce recently. And I feel Positive modifications.
“Additionally, the idea of subsequent 12 months’s automotive appears to be like fascinating. So in that sense, I do have hopes. However now we have to work onerous for that and check out once more.
“The primary factor is we want a brand new automotive. And it must be totally different. In order that’s, I’d say the most important take we take from this 12 months, clearly we have hit the top with this automotive’s improvement, we simply have not been capable of finding any something massive. So the entire idea must be totally different. That is what we have discovered.
“From what I’ve seen, I am blissful, as a result of there are variations. I feel that is what we want. So many query marks, it is nonetheless early days. However not less than we’re seeing progress, and the previous few weeks have been truly fairly productive on the manufacturing unit.”
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Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo F1 Workforce
Bottas says that the Key’s enter has been a significant increase for Sauber.
“I really feel like with some new individuals now we have, together with James, there begins to be stuff occurring,” he mentioned.
“He has clearly acquired a lot of information even from this 12 months’s McLaren, so for certain there’s good info coming from totally different individuals. So that’s good to see. I feel that is what we wanted.”
Reviewing the workforce’s disappointing season, Bottas famous that not ending final within the constructors’ championship was not less than one Positive.
“I feel the races that we had the tempo for the factors, I feel we managed to get them,” he mentioned.
“So in the end the difficulty was we did not have the pure tempo this 12 months to be within the prime 10. We did not have a fast sufficient automotive. In order that’s the secret.
“It is not the final place, which is sweet, nevertheless it’s a small step, however nonetheless inferior to final 12 months. I imply, it was a tough 12 months. We have been hoping to complete higher. However that is what it’s now. And now we want work for the long run.
“We tried all the things we may, nevertheless it was a tough 12 months. So tons to be taught from, and now we have to look forward, and keep motivated and keep assured.”