Bottas brings “positive mood” to Alfa Romeo

In the round-up: Alfa Romeo’s Xevi Pujolar says Valtteri Bottas is bringing a “positive mood” to the team since joining from Mercedes

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Bottas galvanising Alfa Romeo around him – Pujolar

Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, says Valtteri Bottas is bringing a “positive mood” to the team since joining from Mercedes.

Bottas finished sixth on his debut with the team in Bahrain and was running ninth in Saudi Arabia before an overheating problem ended his race. Pujolar says that Bottas is bringing more to the team than just speed out on track.

“His performance, I think is impressive,” said Pujolar. “But on top of that, what is helping on top of the performance is the positive mood he’s giving to the team and to the other driver.

“He’s fast and he’s bringing the team with him. And I think that’s the key. It’s not only about going fast on track, but then also to make sure that the team is following you, here, at the track and at the factory and with the other driver.”

Norris “would love to look forward to” returning to Jeddah

Lando Norris said that he was “relieved” to have got through the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend and that “We love racing, under any circumstance all we want to do is race, and that’s what we love. It’s why we do the jobs we do.

“But I guess it’s a nervous place to be, as drivers and everything and it’s just you’re going to have these nerves and that’s why we had the chats that we did. But we got given the reassurance from everyone and Saudi and everyone that we were safe. And I think from my side and I think everyone’s side, we believe that and we had to believe it and it’s true, so I’m happy.”

“Whether we come back here or not,” Norris added. “I mean, I would love to look forward to it because it’s a fun track and it’s good fun. But those are discussions we’ll have after the weekend.”

Bustamante and Noda join W Series Academy programme

Teenage W Series racers Bianca Bustamante and Juju Noda will race with the W Series Academy program for the next two seasons, the series has announced.

Bustamante (17) and Noda (16) are the two youngest competitors in this upcoming W Series season and will be teamed together during the championship. As part of the academy programme, the pair will benefit from dedicated engineers throughout the season as well as receiving coaching on their driving and racecraft.

“All my life, I’ve had my sights set on Formula 1, and now my racing career has taken a big step in the right direction thanks to W Series,” said Bustamante. “There’s still a lot of work to do, and every day I’m learning because everything is still new to me. I’ve enjoyed every moment so far learning what it takes to become a professional driver, and I’m going to give it my all both on and off the track.”

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