Valtteri Bottas  Finland

  • Full name Valtteri Bottas
  • Birth date August 28, 1989
  • Birthplace Nastola, Finland
  • Current age 26 years 333 days
  • Height 1.73 m
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Current team Williams
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2016 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 20 Williams (FW38) 8 4 11
2 Bahrain BIC April 3 Williams (FW38) 9 2 6
3 China Shanghai April 17 Williams (FW38) 10 1 5
4 Russia Sochi May 1 Williams (FW38) 4 12 2
5 Spain Catalunya May 15 Williams (FW38) 5 10 7
6 Monaco Monaco May 29 Williams (FW38) 12 10
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve June 12 Williams (FW38) 3 15 7
8 Europe Baku June 19 Williams (FW38) 6 8 8
9 Austria Spielberg July 3 Williams (FW38) 9 2 7
10 Great Britain Silverstone July 10 Williams (FW38) 14 6
11 Hungary Hungaroring July 24 Williams (FW38) 9 2 10
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2013 Williams 19 19 0 0 17 8 0 0 3 0 0 4 17
2014 Williams 19 19 0 6 18 2 0 2 2 1 0 186 5
2015 Williams 19 18 0 2 17 3 0 0 3 0 0 136 5
2016 Williams 11 11 0 1 11 3 0 1 2 0 0 56 7*
Total 68 67 0 9 63 2 0 3 2 1 0 382
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 17, 2013 Race results
Last race Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 24, 2016 Race results
Profile
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Bottas made an immediate mark in his early career when, in 2007 at the age of 17, he won two Formula Renault races, and the following year he won both the Formula Renault Eurocup and the Formula Renault Northern European Cup.

In 2009 he moved up to the Formula 3 Euroseries, finishing third in the championship. Although he did not win a race during that series, he did win the Masters of Formula 3 event, setting the fastest lap and taking pole in the process. He repeated his victory in 2010 by which time he had been signed by Williams as a test driver.

In 2011 he switched to GP3 and, driving for Lotus ART, he made an indifferent start before wins on each of the last four weekends secured him the title. That was enough to gain him a reserve driver seat with Williams.

With in-season testing banned, Bottas was given plenty of mileage in the 2012 Williams by taking part in 15 FP1 sessions in Senna's car. He was one of the better prepared rookies on the 2013 grid but an uncompetitive car meant he was unable to score until the penultimate race of the season. His four points were still better than team-mate Pastor Maldonado's one, and after flashes of brilliance such as his third place on the grid in Canada he was retained for another year to try and help the team recover in 2014.

The new V6 turbo era gave Williams a springboard back to the front of the grid with the dominant Mercedes engine and it was in 2014 that Bottas underlined the potential, which led to Sir Frank Williams labelling him a future world champion when he first joined the team. Bottas scored six podiums to team-mate Felipe Massa's two, though he and the team squandered opportunities to win a race when Mercedes faltered in Canada and Belgium. Nevertheless, 2014 was a breakthrough for Bottas as he finished fourth in the drivers' championship.

2015 continued along similar lines with a further two podiums but no wins. He was linked to a Ferrari drive for 2016, but in the end Maranello went with the Finn they knew by retaining Kimi Raikkonen for another year. Not long after, Bottas signed up to remain at Williams alongside Massa.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Like the Finns that have gone before him in F1, he is a cool character who takes his racing seriously and has shown dedication to reach to the top level.

Career High
Dominating the GP3 Series in 2011 marked him out as a star of the future, but it was 2014 where he realised that talent in F1. His drive in Germany, where he held off eventual champion Lewis Hamilton for second, was especially memorable.

Career Low
Crashing out of the F3 Macau Grand Prix in 2011 while in contention for victory. It proved to be his last attempt to win the prestigious race after missing out in 2009 and 2010 as well.

Quotes
"Once I get to drive more, with mileage and experience, then I can do some good things."

"Physics still exists, if you have lighter car with less fuel it goes a bit quicker!" - Bottas on why his Williams wasn't at the top of the timesheets at his first test in 2013.

Trivia
Bottas was something of a sensation on Twitter with #BOTTAS trending on numerous occasions ahead of his arrival in F1. The origins of the capped-up hashtag appear to be linked to an Autosport magazine headline that simply read "BOTTAS" across two pages.

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