Formula 1
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Valtteri Bottas
Date of birthAugust 28, 1989
Fastest Laps2
Career Points691
First Race2013, Australian Grand Prix
Last Race2017, Brazilian Grand Prix
First Win2017, Russian Grand Prix
Last Win2017, Austrian Grand Prix
Previous teamsWilliams

The fact that Bottas was the first choice to take up the Mercedes seat vacated by champion Nico Rosberg speaks volumes of his potential. His rookie season in 2013, in an uncompetitive Williams, didn't offer the Finn much of an opportunity but he shone whenever he could. And despite a troublesome campaign, he was pegged by most observers as championship-material. Handed a competitive car the following year, Bottas delivered - particularly as veteran teammate Felipe Massa fumbled. He had managed podiums, but he wasn't handed a car to drive to the top step. His 2015 season wasn't striking but he managed to upstage his veteran teammate again. He repeated that in 2016 and was set to continue for another season at Williams before Mercedes decided he was the best driver available to partner Lewis Hamilton. Mild-mannered and idiosyncratically to the point like any of his compatriots, Bottas may be unspectacular but he makes up for it with his almost metronomic driving, bereft of any mistakes. Although he faces stiff competition from a teammate who is perhaps one of the best drivers in the world right now, Bottas is more than capable of causing a few upsets and maybe even give him a good run for his money.

F1 Career
SeasonTeamCh PosPointsWinsPodiumsPolesFLs
Ch Pos = Championship Position ; FLs = Fastest Laps

2017 Season Performance
Australian Grand Prix15 pts
Chinese Grand Prix8 pts
Bahrain Grand Prix15 pts
Russian Grand Prix25 pts
Spanish Grand Prix0 pts
Monaco Grand Prix12 pts
Canadian Grand Prix18 pts
Azerbaijan Grand Prix18 pts
Austrian Grand Prix25 pts
British Grand Prix18 pts
Hungarian Grand Prix15 pts
Belgian Grand Prix10 pts
Italian Grand Prix18 pts
Singapore Grand Prix15 pts
Malaysian Grand Prix10 pts
Japanese Grand Prix12 pts
United States Grand Prix10 pts
Mexican Grand Prix18 pts
Brazilian Grand Prix18 pts
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix-
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