December 5, 2022

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Viktor Bottas( born 28 August 1989) is a Finnish racing driver who is due to compete in Formula One with Alfa Romeo Racing from the 2022 season onwards, having previously driven for Mercedes from 2017 to 2021 and Williams from 2013 to 2016. Bottas has scored 10 race wins, and 67 podiums. He contributed to five constructors championship wins for Mercedes, and has been drivers’ championship runner-up twice, in 2019 and 2020,On 11 November 2013, Bottas was confirmed to continue with Williams-Mercedes in 2014 alongside Felipe Massa, who was signed from Ferrari to replace Pastor Maldonado. At the first race of the 2014 season in Australia, Bottas qualified 10th and finished 6th, after recovering from a crash earlier in the race. He was later promoted to 5th after Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from 2nd position. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas qualified 2nd, his then-best grid position in Formula One and achieved his first podium in the sport, finishing third behind Nico Rosberg (1st) and Lewis Hamilton (2nd). Despite qualifying 14th on the grid at the British Grand Prix, Bottas charged through the field to finish second, following Rosberg’s retirement from the race, thereby achieving his second consecutive career podium. At the German Grand Prix, he qualified second and ended the race in the same position despite a late challenge from Hamilton. After achieving three more podiums in Belgium, Russia (where he set his first fastest lap of a race) and Abu Dhabi (part of the Williams team’s first double podium since the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix), Bottas finished 4th overall in the Drivers’ Championship, beating the likes of former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

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