Bottas looking for ‘precious points’ at COTA to end pointless nine-race run
Valtteri Bottas says he’s coming to Circuit of the Americas for this weekend United States Grand Prix in competitive mode after winning a bike race in Kansas last weekend.
The Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN The driver is a former United States Grand Prix winner after taking pole position in 2019 while racing for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Teamand, as a result, he has positive memories of racing at the Circuit of the Americas.
Bottas hopes Alfa Romeo’s updates to the track this weekend can end his wasteful run in the FIA Formula 1 World Championshipwhich goes back to Canadian Grand Prix in June.
“I always love being in the States: I’ve spent a lot of my time here this year, cycling and exploring, and I was in a bike race in Kansas last Sunday – which I also won, which means I’m already in competitive mode before the weekend,” Bottas said.
“I won the race from pole here in 2019, and overall I have great memories of this track, the fans and the atmosphere.
“As we saw in Miami earlier this year, they really know how to put on a show here! Our pace at Suzuka was good and I’m looking forward to getting back on track this week as we’ll be making further improvements as well.
“If we do our homework on Friday and Saturday, we can fit in during the race and score valuable points.”
“It will once again be a new track to discover” – Zhou Guanyu
For teammate Zhou Guanyuthis will be his first race at the Circuit of the Americas, and like many other venues so far in 2022, the Chinese driver will experience the track at the start of the weekend.
Zhou, who scored Alfa Romeo’s only top ten since the Canadian Grand Prix in June, when he took tenth place in the Italian Grand Prixhopes to be up there to fight for the points next weekend.
With a contract for 2023 in his pocket, Zhou is looking to make a step forward this weekend, particularly with Alfa Romeo bringing updates to the Circuit of the Americas as they try to retain their sixth-place finish in the Constructors’ Championship. despite a recent resurgence of Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team.
“I can’t wait to be in Austin, because it will be a new track to discover once again,” said Zhou. “It was a shame not to be able to score points at Suzuka, but at least we saw it could still be tight in midfield, especially as the pace we showed was promising.
“I spent a few days at our base in Hinwil last week, preparing for the upcoming races in the simulation, and I can’t wait to get back in the car. We also need to have other improvements here, and we hope weather conditions will allow us to make the most of it.
“As always, in such a tight midfield, qualifying well on Saturday will be important: we have every chance of having a tight fight in midfield and starting to add points to our tally again.”