Valtteri Bottas

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Valtteri Viktor Bottas[3] (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈʋɑltːeɾi ˈbotːɑs]; born 28 August 1989) is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Stake F1 Team, 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.

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Valtteri Bottas
Bottas in 2022
BornValtteri Viktor Bottas
(1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 34)[1]
Nastola, Finland
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFinland Finnish
2024 teamKick Sauber-Ferrari[2]
Car number77
Entries223 (222 starts)
Career points1797
Pole positions20
Fastest laps19
First entry2013 Australian Grand Prix
First win2017 Russian Grand Prix
Last win2021 Turkish Grand Prix
Last entry2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2023 position15th (10 pts)
Previous series
2009, 2011
GP3 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
British Formula 3
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault NEC
FRUK Winter Series
Championship titles
GP3 Series
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
WebsiteOfficial website

Bottas started his racing career in karting, later advancing to single-seater championships such as the Formula Renault UK Winter Series, Formula Renault Eurocup and the Formula Renault Northern European Cup, winning the latter two in 2008. In 2009, he moved up to the Formula 3 Euroseries, finishing third in the championship and also winning the Masters of Formula 3 event. In 2010, he was hired as a test driver for the Williams Formula One team, a position he would retain throughout 2011 and 2012, taking part in 15 Friday Free Practice sessions. In 2011, he also took part in the GP3 Series, winning the championship in the final race of the season.

In 2013, he joined Williams as a full-time driver partnering Pastor Maldonado. He would remain at Williams until 2017, achieving a top championship position of fourth in 2014 and finishing on the podium nine times during his time with Williams. Following Nico Rosberg's decision to retire following the 2016 season, Bottas was signed by Mercedes as his replacement to partner Lewis Hamilton. During his time with Mercedes which would go on to last until 2022, Bottas finished in the top three of the championship four times and won 10 races in addition to 58 podiums. After five Constructors' championships won alongside Hamilton, he joined Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season.

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