Valtteri Bottas Biography | Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas(Full name: Valtteri Viktor Bottas)is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes.
Bottas previously drove for Williams from 2013 to 2016. He currently resides in Monaco.
In his first four races for Mercedes in 2017, Bottas achieved his first Formula One pole position in Bahrain and his first victory at the following event in Russia.
He finished the 2017 season taking pole position, fastest lap, and the race win at Abu Dhabi.
Valtteri Bottas Age
Valtteri is 30 years old as of 2019. He was born on 28 August 1989, in Nastola, Finland
Valtteri Botta Early life
Valtteri was born in Nastola, Finland on 28 August 1989 to Rauno Bottas and Marianne Välimaa. His father owns a small cleaning company, and mother is an undertaker.
He was educated in Heinola. Bottas served in the army briefly, which is mandatory for adult males in Finland. His military rank is Lance corporal.
Valtteri Bottas Formula 1
On 13 September 2017, Mercedes announced that Bottas would be driving for them once again in the 2018 season.
Bottas started off the season poorly in Australia, where he crashed out in Q3 and was given a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox as a result, meaning he would start the race in 15th place; his teammate Hamilton started the race from pole.
In the race, Bottas made it up to eighth place, benefiting from the virtual safety car as well as performing a few overtakes on a track where it is difficult to pass cars.
Bottas bounced back in Bahrain by putting his car third on the grid, behind the Ferraris of Vettel and Räikkönen but ahead of Hamilton who qualified fourth.
In the race, Bottas got past Räikkönen, at the start. At the end of the race, Vettel’s tires began to go off quickly, and Bottas closed the gap to Vettel to within a second and eventually finished second, with Hamilton just a few seconds behind him.
However, pundits, drivers and ex-drivers alike criticized Bottas’s cautious challenge for the lead.
Bottas again out-qualified his teammate to take third place on the grid, as the Ferraris locked out the front row again, in China.
He again pounced on Räikkönen at the start, after his fellow Finn had been squeezed by Vettel, and moved up to second. He then managed to overtake Vettel during the first pit stop phase and took the lead with a move around the outside of Räikkönen,
who had yet to pit, at the first corner. However, when the Toro Rossos of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly collided and forced a safety car period, both Bottas and Vettel had passed the pit entrance and were unable to stop for fresh tires.
Both the Red Bulls pitted for softer and faster soft tires. Ricciardo came through the field from sixth place and performed an audacious[according to whom?] overtake on Bottas with only eight laps to go.
Bottas finished second in the race and remained third in the championship, and 14 points behind leader Vettel.
At the next race, in Baku, Bottas again qualified third, behind Vettel and Hamilton. He remained in third for the first period of the race, but when both Hamilton and Vettel pitted for new tires Bottas inherited the lead.
He stayed out for 15 more laps until the Red Bulls took collided and brought out the safety car. When the safety car came in, with less than a handful of laps to go, Vettel tried to pass into turn 1 and ran wide, and consequently fell to fifth place.
With just two laps to go, Bottas ran over a piece of debris, sustained a right rear puncture and retired from the race, handing Hamilton the victory. This meant that Bottas fell to fourth in the championship, 30 points behind Hamilton in first.
Ahead of the German Grand Prix, Bottas signed a new contract with Mercedes for the 2019 season with an option for the 2020 season.
By the end of the season, Bottas became the first Mercedes driver to finish a season without a win since Michael Schumacher in 2012.
With seven second-place finishes, he also set a new record for the most second place finishes without taking a win in a season.
Valtteri was again signed to race with Mercedes for the 2019 season alongside world champion Lewis Hamilton. In the first race weekend of the year in Australia, Bottas qualified second fastest behind Hamilton.
On race day he overtook Hamilton into turn 1, and he held the position the whole race after some stellar driving.
He also recorded the fastest lap of the race and therefore gained the extra point which is now awarded to the driver who records the fastest race lap, based on the new 2019 rule. He carried on to win by over 20 seconds to his nearest rival Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas Wife | Married | Girlfriend
The Finnish racing driver is married to Emilia Pikkarainen (now Emilia Bottas).
The two got married on 10th Sep 2016 at the St. John’s Church in Finland, Helsinki, having dated since 2010. Emilia who is also from Finland was born on 11 October 1992.
A swimmer, Emilia Bottas is one of the best in her home country as she has represented the country in the Olympics since she was only 15.
More so, the blonde beauty holds a number of national swimming records. For now, the couple is yet to have any child. They now live in Monaco.
Valtteri Bottas Early Career
He was Born in Nastola, Finland, Bottas finished eighth in the 2005 Karting World Cup for the P.D.B. Racing Team, using Gillard chassis and Parilla engines.
He 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.
He would have also won the 2007 Formula Renault UK Winter Series, had he been holding an MSA-registered license for the championship. This did however not stop him from competing, and he won three out of the four races in the championship.
He moved up into the Formula Three Euroseries for the 2009 season, competing for reigning champions ART Grand Prix. Despite not winning a race, Bottas set two pole positions on his way to third in the championship, edging out Alexander Sims at the final race.
In June 2009, Bottas won the 2009 Masters of Formula 3, also claiming the pole position and setting the fastest lap of the race. By winning the event again in 2010, he became the first driver to win the F3 Masters title for the second time.
In 2010 he was assigned test driver for the Williams Formula One team and would continue as such for the 2011 and 2012 (where he took part in 15 Friday Free Practice sessions) seasons. Also in 2011, the Finn also contested the GP3 Series, remaining with F3 squad ART.
After a tough start to the season, he claimed a win in each of the last four race weekends and secured the title by winning the penultimate race ahead of his teammate James Calado.
Valtteri Bottas Height, Weight, Body Measurements
A good-looking man, Valtteri is an average built individual who has a good height and body weight.
He is athletically built to be able to excel in many other sports if he had chosen to do so. He has a height of 5 feet and 9 inches (173 cm) tall, and a body weight of 150 pounds (68 kg).
Although his actual body measurements are not given, his build as pointed out is in the average line and he is very fit. In fact, he has been described as a fitness fanatic. Also, he has blue eyes and blond hair.
Valtteri Bottas F1
Valtteri was again signed to race with Mercedes for the 2019 season alongside world champion Lewis Hamilton.
In the first race weekend of the year in Australia, Bottas qualified second fastest behind Hamilton. On race day he overtook Hamilton into turn 1 and he held the position the whole race after some stellar driving.
He also recorded the fastest lap of the race and therefore gained the extra point which is now awarded to the driver who records the fastest race lap, based on the new 2019 rule.
He carried on to win by over 20 seconds to his nearest rival Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri Bottas Net Worth
Taking charge of his career without any clear intentions of matching the brakes, Bottas has a net worth of $20 million.
He has made his wealth from his racing career as well as from the endorsements he has with various brands including his deal with Konecranes.
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