Valtteri Bottas – All About The Flying Finn of Today

2021 Formula 1 Drivers: Valtteri Bottas
TeamMercedes
Country (Nationality)Finland
Podiums57
Total F1 Career Points1528
Grands Prix Entered158
Highest Race Finish1st (9 times)
Highest Grid Position1st (16 times)
Date Of Birth28th August 1989
Place of BirthNastola, Finland

Valtteri Viktor Bottas is the 9th Flying Finn to have arrived at the pinnacle of motorsport. Bottas was born on 28 August 1989 in Nastola, Finland. In the last 8 seasons of Formula 1, we’ve seen his improving, improving, and improving. He began his journey through Formula 1 when he joined Williams-Renault in 2010 as a test driver. Bottas had just won the 2010 Masters of Formula 3, which was a huge achievement. This was especially because Bottas won the 2009 event as well. After winning the 2011 GP3 Championship, Bottas got more and more opportunities in Formula 1. He completed 15 Friday Free Practice Sessions with Williams in 2011 and 2012. And in 2013, the Fin finally got his big break, and he joined Williams for the 2013 Formula 1 Season.

Valterri Bottas did his education in Heinola, a neighbouring municipality of Nastola. Valtteri’s father, Rauno Bottas, owns a small cleaning company, and his mother, Marianne Välimaa is an undertaker. Since Valtteri Bottas grew in in Finland, he actually has a military rank of Lance corporal. This is because it is mandatory for adult males in Finland to serve in the Finnish army for either 165 days, 255 days or 347 days. Valterri Bottas was voted ‘Top Soldier’ by his group when he was serving in the army. Bottas served in the army in the year leading upto his Formula 1 debut.

Valtteri had a pretty successful junior career. Bottas finished eighth in the 2005 Karting World Cup for the P.D.B. Racing Team, using Gillard chassis and Parilla engines. Bottas won both the 2008 Formula Renault Eurocup and the 2008 Formula Renault Northern European Cup. In doing so, he repeated the feat of Filipe Albuquerque, who won both the NEC and Eurocup in the same season, in 2006. Bottas would have also won the 2007 Formula Renault UK Winter Series, had he been holding an MSA-registered licence for the championship. This, however, did not stop him from competing, and he won three out of the four races in the championship. And then he progressed to Formula 3/GP3, and I’ve already mentioned how that was Bottas’s final step before Formula 1.

Valterri Bottas in 2013 with Williams

Bottas made his Formula 1 debut in 2013, he got off to a slow start. Williams were quite a slow team in 2013, although not as uncompetitive as they were in 2019 and 2020. However, in 2014, Williams and Bottas absolutely took off. The major regulation change swung everything in Mercedes’ favour, and Williams was using a Mercedes engine, so Williams were really fast. Bottas did extremely well, finishing 4th in the drivers’ championship. He finished in 5th in 2015, and 8th in 2016, since Williams went into a downward spiral. But Bottas had already proven and showcased his talent, which is why Mercedes signed Bottas in 2017. When he started racing for Mercedes, he showed his true strength, especially when he challenged his teammate Lewis Hamilton for the Drivers’ Title in 2019 and in 2020.

Bottas has claimed 9 race wins and 57 podiums in his career, and he’s not done yet, and I have a feeling that in 2021, Bottas is going to really give Lewis a run for the title. In 2021, Bottas is going to be aiming to win his first World Championship, with each of his previous attempts being stopped by Lewis Hamilton. While helping Mercedes as much as he can to bring home their 8th title, Bottas is going to be putting his main focus on winning the Drivers’ title. Even though Mercedes say they treat their drivers as equal drivers, team orders have come in Bottas’s way many times, which is why this year, the gloves are off. To learn more about the rest of the 2021 Formula 1 Drivers, click here to visit the guide to the 2021 Formula 1 Drivers →.