Valtteri Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas
Bottas Valtteri.JPG
Bottas in 2009.
Born (1989-08-28) 28 August 1989 (age 25)
Nastola, Finland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  Finnish
2014 team Williams-Mercedes[1]
2014 car # 77
Races 35 (35 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 5
Career points 149
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 2013 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Russian Grand Prix
2013 position 17th (4 pts)
Previous series
2012
2011
200910
2009, 2011
2008
200708
2007
Formula One testing
GP3 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
British Formula Three
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault NEC
FRUK Winter Series
Championship titles
2011
2008
2008
GP3 Series
Formula Renault Eurocup
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Valtteri Bottas (born 28 August 1989 in Nastola, Finland) is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Williams. He currently resides in Monaco.

Career[edit]

Junior formulae[edit]

Bottas finished 8th in the Karting World Cup for the P.D.B. Racing Team, using Gillard chassis and Parilla engines.

Bottas competing at the second round of the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim.

Bottas 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.

Bottas would have also won the 2007 Formula Renault UK Winter Series, had he been holding an MSA-registered licence for the championship. This did however not stop him from competing, and he won three out of the four races in the championship.

Formula Three[edit]

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.[2]

In 2010 Bottas was assigned test driver for the Williams Formula One team[3] and would continue as such for the 2011 and 2012 (where he took part in 15 Friday Free Practice sessions)[4] seasons, during which he also contested the GP3 Series, remaining with F3 squad ART.[5] 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 team-mate James Calado.[6]

Formula One[edit]

Bottas during practice at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Bottas returned to racing in 2013, as he was confirmed as teammate to Pastor Maldonado at Williams for the 2013 Formula One season on 28 November 2012.[7] On 8 June 2013, Bottas qualified in 3rd position at the Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montréal) behind Sebastian Vettel (1st), and Lewis Hamilton (2nd).[8] He scored his first points finish at the US Grand Prix by finishing 8th. This result allowed Bottas to finish ahead of Maldonado in the Drivers' Championship.

On 11 November 2013 Bottas was confirmed to continue with Williams in 2014 alongside Felipe Massa who has been signed from Ferrari to replace Pastor Maldonado.[9] At the first race of the 2014 season in Australia, Bottas qualified 10th and finished 6th, after recovering from a crash earlier in the race. He was later promoted to 5th after Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from 2nd position.[10] At the Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas qualified 2nd, his best grid position in Formula One, and achieved his first podium in the sport, finishing third behind Nico Rosberg (1st) and Lewis Hamilton (2nd).[11] Despite qualifying 14th on the grid at the British Grand Prix, Bottas charged through the field to finish second, following Rosberg's retirement from the race, thereby achieving his second consecutive career podium. At the German Grand Prix, he qualified second and ended the race in the same position despite a late challenge from Hamilton.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Koiranen Bros. Motorsport 16 2 2 3 6 279 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series AKA Cobra 4 3 0 1 4 0 NC†
2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Motopark Academy 14 5 7 4 10 139 1st
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 14 12 13 12 12 365 1st
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 20 0 2 1 6 62 3rd
British Formula Three Championship 4 0 0 0 1 N/A NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 1 1 1 1 N/A 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
2010 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 18 2 1 4 8 74 3rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 1 0 0 1 N/A 1st
Macau Grand Prix Prema Powerteam 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Formula One AT&T Williams Test driver
2011 GP3 Series Lotus ART 16 4 1 3 7 62 1st
British Formula Three Championship Double R 3 1 0 1 1 17 17th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Formula One AT&T Williams Test driver
2012 Formula One Williams F1 Team Test driver
2013 Formula One Williams F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 4 17th
2014 Formula One Williams Martini Racing 16 0 0 1 5 145* 4th*

* Season in progress.
† – As Bottas was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2009 ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/009 Mercedes HOC1
1

Ret
HOC1
2

16
LAU
1

2
LAU
2

13
NOR
1

12
NOR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

6
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

8
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

4
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

15
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

6
DIJ
1

16
DIJ
2

Ret
HOC2
1

2
HOC2
2

5
3rd 62
2010 ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/026 Mercedes LEC
1

9
LEC
2

6
HOC1
1

3
HOC1
2

5
VAL
1

2
VAL
2

4
NOR
1

3
NOR
2

1
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

7
ZAN
1

2
ZAN
2

Ret
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

4
OSC
1

1
OSC
2

Ret
HOC2
1

2
HOC2
2

3
3rd 74

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2011 Lotus ART TUR
FEA

4
TUR
SPR

8
ESP
FEA

10
ESP
SPR

7
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

3
GBR
FEA

15
GBR
SPR

12
GER
FEA

3
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

1
HUN
SPR

2
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

19
ITA
FEA

1
ITA
SPR

17
1st 62

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2012 Williams F1 Team Williams FW34 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 AUS MAL
TD
CHN
TD
BHR
TD
ESP
TD
MON CAN EUR
TD
GBR
TD
GER
TD
HUN
TD
BEL
TD
ITA
TD
SIN JPN
TD
KOR
TD
IND
TD
ABU
TD
USA BRA
TD
 –  –
2013 Williams F1 Team Williams FW35 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 AUS
14
MAL
11
CHN
13
BHR
14
ESP
16
MON
12
CAN
14
GBR
12
GER
16
HUN
Ret
BEL
15
ITA
15
SIN
13
KOR
12
JPN
17
IND
16
ABU
15
USA
8
BRA
Ret
17th 4
2014 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW36 Mercedes PU106A Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS
5
MAL
8
BHR
8
CHN
7
ESP
5
MON
Ret
CAN
7
AUT
3
GBR
2
GER
2
HUN
8
BEL
3
ITA
4
SIN
11
JPN
6
RUS
3
USA
BRA
ABU
4th* 145*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Williams F1 Team announces its 2014 driver line-up". WilliamsF1.com (Williams F1 Team). 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bottas makes history at Zandvoort Masters". Motorsport.com. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Beer, Matt (29 January 2010). "Williams signs Bottas as test driver". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pastor Maldonado Confirmed for 2012 with Valtteri Bottas as Reserve Driver". WilliamsF1. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bottas lands Lotus ART seat for 2011". MotorsTV.com. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Champion win for Bottas in Monza". GP3 Series. 10 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (28 November 2012). "Williams confirms Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado for 2013". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Beer, Matt (8 June 2013). "Canadian GP: Vettel claims pole in rain-hit session". Autosport.com (Haymarket). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Benson, Andrew (11 November 2013). "Felipe Massa joins Williams for 2014 to replace Pastor Maldonado". bbc.co.uk (BBC). Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Weaver, Paul (16 March 2014). "Daniel Ricciardo disqualified from Australia GP". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Valtteri Bottas claims first ever podium finish in Austria". 22 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Kechele
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Champion

2008
Succeeded by
António Félix da Costa
Preceded by
Brendon Hartley
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Champion

2008
Succeeded by
Albert Costa
Preceded by
Jules Bianchi
Formula Three Masters
Winner

20092010
Succeeded by
Felix Rosenqvist
Preceded by
Esteban Gutiérrez
GP3 Series
Champion

2011
Succeeded by
Mitch Evans