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Valtteri Bottas (born August 28, 1989 in Nastola, Finland) is a Formula One driver for the Mercedes team. Having tested with the Williams team since 2010, Bottas was promoted to a race seat for 2013. For the 2015 season, Bottas retained his race seat at Williams, partnered by Felipe Massa. In 2017, he moved to Mercedes to replace retired and reigning world champion Nico Rosberg and partner Lewis Hamilton.[1] His first podium came in the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. He went on to finish 4th in the Drivers' Championship in 2014.

His permanent career number is 77.


Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

In 2008, Bottas won both the Formula Renault Eurocup and the Formula Renault Northern European Cup. He then advanced to Formula Three in 2009, but was unable to win any races. He was able to set two pole positions though. He won the 2009 Masters of Formula 3 after setting the pole position and fastest lap. He repeated this win in 2010, becoming the first driver in history to win the Formula Three Masters title for two consecutive years.

In 2010, Bottas was called to Williams to fill a position as test driver. Although he would have this position for the 2010, 2011, 2012 seasons, he would also compete in and win the GP3 Series championship.

2013Edit

After Bruno Senna left the sport at the end of the 2012 season, it was confirmed that Bottas would replace him on Williams for the 2013 season. He would race alongside Pastor Maldonado.

Bottas made his debut in Australia, qualifying for 16th on the grid. During the race, he lost a lap to the leaders and finished in 14th position, one position behind rookie Esteban Gutiérrez. He was not in a scoring position for that race, and was the second highest ranked rookie in that race.

Valtteri Bottas 2013 United States Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas practicing for the 2013 United States Grand Prix.

At the next race in Malaysia, Bottas finished one position outside of the points. He was only 1.486 seconds behind Jean-Éric Vergne of Toro Rosso. This would be his fate for the next 15 races, finishing in the upper teens. He suffered his first career retirement in Hungary after he suffered a hydraulics failure.

He would later suffered another retirement after a collision in the final race of the season at Brazil, but not before he managed to score his first career points in the race prior. After a battle in the United States, Bottas finished 8th which earned him 4 points. These were his only career points in the 2013 season.

Bottas finished the season in 17th position for the World Drivers' Championship, and it was confirmed that he would return to Williams for the next season.

2014Edit

Personal lifeEdit

Since 2010, Bottas has been in a relationship with Finnish swimmer Emilia Pikkarainen.[2] They were both married on 11 September 2016.[3][4][5][6]

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
2010 United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams-Cosworth Test Driver
2011 United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams-Cosworth Test Driver
2012 United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault Test Driver
2013 United Kingdom Williams F1 Team Williams-Renault 4 17th Report
2014 United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams-Mercedes 186 4th Report
2015 United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams-Mercedes 136 5th Report
2016 United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams-Mercedes 85 8th Report
2017 Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Correct as of 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Entries 78
Starts 77
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 9
Fastest laps 1
Points 411
Laps Raced 1070
Distance Raced 5524.372 km
Races Led 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pts Pos


2012 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil
TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD
2013 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of South Korea Flag of Japan Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil 4 17th
14th 11th 13th 14th 16th 12th 14th 12th 16th Ret 15th 15th 13th 12th 17th 16th 15th 8th Ret
2014 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of China Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of Russia Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 186 4th
5th 8th 8th 7th 5th Ret 7th 3rd 2nd 2nd 8th 3rd 4th 11th 6th 3rd 5th 10th 3rd  
2015 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of Russia Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 136 5th
DNS 5th 6th 4th 4th 14th 3rd 5th 5th 13th 9th 4th 5th 5th 12th Ret 3rd 5th 13th
2016 Flag of Australia Flag of Bahrain Flag of China Flag of Russia Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Malaysia Flag of Japan Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates 85 8th
8th 9th 10th 4th 5th 12th 3rd 6th 9th 14th 9th 9th 8th 6th Ret 5th 10th 16th 8th 11th Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. "Felipe Massa to replace Valtteri Bottas for 2017 season". Williams Grand Prix Engineering. 16 January 2017. http://www.williamsf1.com/racing/news/felipe-massa-to-replace-valtteri-bottas-for-2017-season. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  2. Benson, Andrew (16 March 2014). "Valtteri Bottas of Williams aims to be next Flying Finn". http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19789233. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. "Valtteri Bottas Twitter (8:15 AM - 11 Sep 2016 Tweet)". Twitter. 11 September 2016. https://twitter.com/ValtteriBottas/status/774989672883843072. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. "Emilia Bottas Twitter (8:13 AM - 11 Sep 2016 Tweet)". Twitter. 11 September 2016. https://twitter.com/EmiliaEpi/status/774989182338994176. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  5. "Glenn Dunbar Twitter (2:57 PM - 11 Sep 2016 Tweet)". Twitter. 11 September 2016. https://twitter.com/glenn_dunbar/status/775090908962426881. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. "FIA Thursday press conference - Singapore". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 15 September 2016. http://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2016/9/fia-thursday-press-conference-singapore.html. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
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Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Alonso • 4 Massa • 5 Button • 6 Pérez • 7 Räikkönen • 7 Kovalainen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Rosberg • 10 Hamilton • 11 Hülkenberg • 12 Gutiérrez • 14 Di Resta • 15 Sutil • 16 Maldonado • 17 Bottas • 18 Vergne • 19 Ricciardo • 20 Pic • 21 Van der Garde • 22 Bianchi • 23 Chilton
Other Drivers Buemi • Félix da Costa • Sainz Jr. • Gené • De la Rosa • Rigon • Paffett • Turvey • Magnussen • d'Ambrosio • Prost • Valsecchi • Hartley • Bird • Frijns • Sato • Sirotkin • Rossiter • Calado • Wolff • Juncadella • Kyvat • Rossi • Ma • Stevens • Razia • González • Ellinas
2014 Teams and Drivers
Teams Caterham • Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Vettel • 3 Ricciardo • 4 Chilton • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 10 Kobayashi • 11 Pérez • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 17 Bianchi • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 25 Vergne • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 44 Hamilton • 45 Lotterer • 46 Stevens • 77 Bottas • 99 Sutil
Other Drivers Buemi • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Frijns • Gené • Juncadella • Paffett • Rigon • Rossi • Sirotkin • Sørensen • Turvey • Van der Garde • Vandoorne • Wolff
2015 Teams and Drivers
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Lotus • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 13 Maldonado • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 28 Stevens • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 53 Rossi • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 98 Merhi
Other Drivers Buemi • Celis • Daruvala • De la Rosa • Félix da Costa • Fong • Gasly • Gutiérrez • Jordá • King • Leimer • Lynn • Marciello • Palmer • Pic • Prost • Rigon • Sutil • Turvey • Vandoorne • Vergne • Wehrlein • Wolff
2016 Teams and Drivers
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • Marussia • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Vandoorne • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 88 Haryanto • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Jordá • Kari • King • Leclerc • Lynn • Matsushita • Mazepin • Paffett • Rossi • Stroll • Turvey • Vandoorne • Vergne


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