In conversation with VALTTERI BOTTAS
Between one break and another, down to the wire of one of the most adrenaline-pumping competitions in the world, we intercepted the Finnish Formula 1 driver, Valtteri Bottas, who has been firmly on board with Alfa Romeo since 2022. We took the opportunity to find out more about him, a testimonial of the new limited edition Web Eyewear capsule collection, born from the partnership with Alfa Romeo.
For me the biggest challenge has been always adapting. Whether it’s a different team and different tracks, different cars each year, always trying to adapt and make the most out of the situation and quite often it’s a new situation. Technology has been another challenge. Things keep on changing and improving as it is a really innovating sport. So staying on top of your game on the technical knowledge side is a challenge.
For me a special one is Japan. First of all, because of the track – it’s like a big rollercoaster, it’s so fun to drive – but among all the things is the culture, so different from the European countries. Then the fans are so well behaved and supportive to everyone. On top of that, there is Japanese food. It’s always a nice compromise to go to.
I would say that also the lifestyle is very busy. Outside the race weekends you are always travelling, always moving and, at the same time, you are trying to keep the best energy levels possible from the start of the season to the end. It is a dynamic and very innovative sport. There is always stuff coming on. There are always new things that you need to learn, new tools to help you to be better whether it’s analysing the data and the telemetry of the driving or whether it’s simulating the set ups for the following weekend. Basically, from when I started F1 to nowadays, there is so much more information and tools to help your performance as a driver but also the cars performance. You really need to make sure that you always understand the situation understanding the data. There is so much stuff that you have to prioritize on which things you focus to be able to perform the best.