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Valtteri Bottas

personalia

Finnish
28 August 1989 (29)
Jimmy Daywalt (28 August 1924)

statistics

3 (2.5%)
30 (25.2%)
6 (5%)
0 (0%)
1st
6
119
118
963 (8.1 points per race avg)
6775
276 (4.1%)
10 (8.4%)
10 (8.4%)
2013 Australian Grand Prix
2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

about Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Viktor Bottas (Finnish pronunciation: [???lt?e?i ?bot??s]; born 28 August 1989) is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes. Bottas previously drove for Williams from 2013 to 2016. He currently resides in Monaco. In his first four races for Mercedes, Bottas achieved his first Formula One pole position (at the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix) and took his first victory at the following event, the 2017 Russian Grand Prix.


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seasons

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,

finishing positions

grid positions

teams & teammates

season teammate
2013 Pastor Maldonado
Williams compare 2013
2014 Felipe Massa
Williams compare 2014
2015 Felipe Massa
Williams compare 2015
2016 Felipe Massa
Williams compare 2016
2017 Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes compare 2017
2018 Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes compare 2018

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Bottas failed to win a race in 2018 while Hamilton equalled a personal-best 11 victories on his way to a fifth title. Mercedes asked Bottas to give up one victory, in Russia, to aid Hamilton’s title push and he also lost another likely win in Azerbaijan because of a late puncture. Wolff has defended Bottas’s record this season given the number-two role he was forced into by circumstance ...

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Bottas will contest the Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26 in a Fiesta similar to the one used by Sebastien Ogier to win the last two WRC titles. His co-driver will be Timo Rautiainen, who navigated Marcus Gronholm to WRC crowns in 2000 and 2002.  “This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying, and I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible,” ...

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Bottas will contest the Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26 in a Fiesta similar to the one used by Sebastien Ogier to win the last two WRC titles. His co-driver will be Timo Rautiainen, who navigated Marcus Gronholm to WRC crowns in 2000 and 2002.  “This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying, and I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible,” ...

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Although Bottas started 2018 strongly and was a contender for victory in Bahrain, China and Baku, he has found himself still without a win – with his best chance in Russia having been taken from him through team orders. Reflecting on the year, Bottas admits it has fallen well below his expectations, having hoped he could have challenged for the title. Asked if it was his most disappointing ...

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Having ended this year without a win, Bottas is open that the season just gone has been his most disappointing in grand prix racing. And although well aware that he will be fighting for his F1 future next season, with Esteban Ocon chasing his seat for 2020, Bottas says his plan is to go on an all-out attack to prove how good he is. "This sport is funny, you never know what happens in the ...

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Bottas failed to win a race in 2018, having been robbed by a late puncture in Baku and then having victory in Russia taken away from him through team orders. But having faced periods where he also struggled to match teammate Lewis Hamilton, the Finn has been open that this season has been his most disappointing in F1. Wolff sees no major problem, however, and reckons drawing a line under the ...

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The Mercedes driver set a 1m37.231s, three seconds slower than the Abu Dhabi GP pole time, to head the timesheets after the first four hours of running at the Yas Marina circuit. Bottas improved in the third hour of the session to displace Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Max Verstappen lapped six tenths slower than Bottas, which was enough to briefly elevate the Red Bull ahead of Vettel as ...

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The Finn had locked out the front row with teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, and kept second place behind the champion at the start. But while his pace in the opening stint was solid, he faded after switching to the supersofts, falling behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and the two Red Bull cars. “I think overall the race sums up the season quite well - started off quite well and then ...

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Ross, who has worked at Mercedes since 2011 when he joined from Williams, also previously engineered Nico Rosberg and the pair worked together when Rosberg won the 2016 F1 world title. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff explained after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – where Bottas finished fifth – that Ross will now take up the position of chief race engineer for the manufacturer's works FE ...

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The Finn hit top spot in the early running with a lap of 1m38.600s using ultrasoft Pirellis, which put him a quarter-of-a-second ahead of  MaxVerstappen, who used the same compound. Ferrari was the first frontrunning team to send its drivers out on the hypersofts, with Kimi Raikkonen going fastest just after the 30-minute mark with a lap of 1m37.461s. Sebastian Vettel then slotted into ...

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Bottas posted a best time of 1m08.846s using supersoft Pirellis, with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton missing out on beating that time by just three thousandths of a second. This was primarily down to Bottas having a pace advantage in the twisty middle sector, as Hamilton had the edge in the shorter first and second sectors. Sebastian Vettel ended up third fastest, just 0.073s behind Bottas ...

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Bottas was consigned to a support role for Hamilton in the 2018 title race run-in, and was ordered to let the Briton through when he was on course for a first win of the season in the Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton has since wrapped up his fifth drivers' title, which means Bottas is now free once more to challenge his teammate in the two remaining races of the campaign. However, the champion ...

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Hamilton has won two world titles since Bottas joined Mercedes in 2017 from Williams to replace Nico Rosberg, with whom Hamilton developed an acrimonious relationship during their exclusive title fights from 2014-2016. Bottas has pushed Hamilton closely in the first half of each season, although struggled to match his teammate in the second half.  However, the Mercedes pair have won 21 ...

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Although a run of misfortune at the start of this season cost him wins and derailed his championship campaign, the Finn has also struggled at times to match his Mercedes teammate. Read Also: The 10 moments that decided the 2018 F1 title But he remains adamant that small detail improvements will make a big difference in the future, and believes that if he can focus on ...

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After Bottas was forced to stop on track in the Saturday morning session, Mercedes had to change his power unit, fitting one that was already in the pool of available components and was raced in Austin. “The failure we have seen on Valtteri’s engine is a failure we haven’t seen for many years,” said Wolff. “You can call it an unusual failure, with mileage where it shouldn’t have ...

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Bottas's Mercedes ground to a halt with a hydraulic problem with 15 minutes remaining. Team boss Toto Wolff suggested at the end of the session that this could lead to an engine swap, which Mercedes has now confirmed. Bottas was running a different engine this weekend to the one he had in last weekend's United States Grand Prix. He will now switch back to his Austin engine. As this ...

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Formula 1 drivers Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon have escaped punishment after being investigated for driving unnecessarily slowly on their respective in-laps in United States Grand Prix qualifying. Mercedes driver Bottas qualified third for the Austin race while Ocon put his Racing Point Force India sixth on the grid. Both were summoned to the stewards on Saturday evening for allegedly ...

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After showing well in Sochi, where he had to hand victory to his teammate, Bottas struggled to match Hamilton’s pace in Suzuka. “I think we have to remind ourselves that for a race driver who is channelling all his efforts into winning races and the championship,” Wolff said of Bottas' Japanese Grand Prix when asked by Motorsport.com. “If you take that ability away from him, it will ...

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Bottas was on a slow lap when Ericsson, on his second push lap in Q1, went round the Mercedes in the long Turn 7 left-hander. Although Ericsson confirmed Bottas was well out of the way and off the racing line, meaning he had no problem with what the Mercedes driver did, the disturbance to the airflow cost him downforce. This led to him understeering onto the grass having lost front-end grip ... ...

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Mercedes told net race leader Bottas to let Hamilton by before mid-distance, citing a blister on Hamilton's left-rear tyre and the proximity of his title rival Sebastian Vettel as the reason for the move. It claimed it had not anticipated that situation arising and Bottas suggested the problem was "maybe down to communications during the race and also before the race". Asked by ... ...

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Bottas took his second top grid spot of the season at Sochi on Saturday, with teammate Lewis Hamilton helping secure a front row lock out for Mercedes. With Hamilton pushing to extend his points advantage over Sebastian Vettel, there would be clear benefits to telling Bottas to play a supporting role on Sunday. But with Bottas having dug deep to secure pole, Wolff admits that it may be hard ... ...

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Bottas held a slender advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton of just 0.004s after the first runs in Q3, with everyone using the hypersoft Pirellis. But on the second run, Hamilton was forced to abort his lap after setting the fastest time in the opening sector thanks to running wide in the middle sector. This gave Bottas a clear run to post a 1m31.387s lap to take pole by ... ...

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Bottas was second to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in second practice, the faster of the two Friday sessions, whereas Ferrari ended the day behind not only the Silver Arrows but also Red Bull. Mercedes has won every Russian GP since the power-sensitive Sochi track joined the F1 calendar in 2014 - but it was expected to face a stern challenge from Ferrari this weekend given the gains the ... ...

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Bottas took three grand prix wins, 10 other podium finishes and four poles in his first campaign with Mercedes last year. He expected 2018 to be a step forward, given the short-notice nature of his call-up after world champion Nico Rosberg's sudden retirement the previous year. But he has not won a race since the 2017-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has just six podiums so far this year and is ... ...

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Trailing teammate Lewis Hamilton by 97 points, Bottas said he was open to helping the Briton in the run-in of this year's title campaign. And the Finn, who lost a surefire victory in Azerbaijan earlier this year when he ran over debris and suffered a puncture, concedes that an early resolution to the title race would make it easier for him to pursue an end to his winless treak. “For me ... ...

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