Valtteri Viktor Bottas is a Finnish Formula 1 driver currently driving for the Mercedes F1 team alongside Lewis Hamilton. He raced for the Willams F1 team from 2013 to 2016 , he moved to Mercedes for the 2017 season in which he claimed his first ever pole position at Sakhir, Bahrain Grand Prix and also went on to win the Russian GP at Sochi Autodrome. He also recorded a hatrick at Yas Marina circuit in Abu-Dhabi. He went onto to finish third in the drivers championship for the 2017 season.
Early Racing Stages:
Born in Nastola,Finland, Valtteri started his racing career just after serving the military for a short period in Finland which is mandatory for all men. He secured the eighth place in 2005 during the Karting World Cup and was driving for PDB Racing. Bottas then went on to race for the Formula Renault in 2008 and won the Eurocup and Northern European Cup.
He won the F3 Masters Title twice while racing for the ART Grand Prix Team during the 2009 Season and the 2010 Season. After which, he was assigned as the test driver for Williams Formula One team and was testing their car for two seasons that is the 2011 and 2012 Seasons.
Valtteri then had a short stay at GP3 where he managed to win the last four weekends of the season despite having a bad start at the beginning.
2013 marked the return of Valtteri to Formula racing when he was assigned the role of the second driver at Williams alongside Pastor Maldonado. He ended up scoring higher points than his teammate during the season and thus placed higher than Pastor in the drivers championship.
Felipe Massa was then taken onboard in the 2014 Season replacing Pastor Maldonado. After which, Bottas had an amazing season with 7 Podium finishes and a 4th place in the drivers championship ahead of drivers like Alonso and Vettel.
The 2015 Season was not a great year for the Williams Racing Team from the very first weekend when Valtteri was diagnosed with a soft tissue damage to his back and couldn't do anything but not race for the Australian Grand Prix. He still managed to get two podium finishes for that year whilst the team had car development issues. Bottas managed to place 5th on the drivers championship and had beat his experienced team mate Massa for the second time.
2016 Season was an equally disappointing season for the Finnish as he claimed just one podium finish during the season and had an unofficial Formula One Speed Record of 378kmph during the European Grand Prix in Baku. The Williams had an 8th and 11th finish in the drivers championship.
In 2017, Mercedes signed Valtteri as their driver, while Nico Rosberg made a shocking retirement from Formula 1. He was signed to race alongside Lewis Hamilton. The 2017 Season was quite successful for the Fin, as he managed to grab 7 Podium finishes for the Mercedes F1 team.
Helmets are an essential part of the drivers gear and they are mostly seen during the races. So, for the 2018 Season’s helmet design, Valtteri decided to give his fans a chance to design his helmet which will be used for the whole season. The winning livery was chosen by the Finnish himself and the competition saw the involvement of fans for making their art seen on a driver’s helmet.
Valtteri Bottas is married to Emilia Bottas who is a Finnish Swimmer, she represented Finland in the Olympics at London, 2012 and Rio De Janeiro, 2016. She also holds the Finnish record in 50 metres butterfly, 100 metres butterfly, 200 metres butterfly, and 200 metres individual medley.
The Networth of Bottas is estimated to be around 20$ Million dollars.