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2025 AUSTRALIA ETG Licensee POS Standard RGB 13-16 March


Valtteri Bottas

  • Team Sauber
  • Nation Finland
  • Date of birth 28/08/1989
  • Place of birth Nastola, Finland
  • Debut Australia, 2013 (Williams)
Half-Australian, fully committed; we joke about the former with Valtteri Bottas, given the amount of time he spends Down Under with partner Tiffany. But he’s deadly serious about the latter – Sauber (now operating as Stake F1®) are set to become Audi in 2026, and the Finn wants in.
Valtteri Bottas
Australian Grand Prix Stats
Races: 8
Best qualifying: 2nd (2019)
Wins: 1 (2019)
Podiums: 2 (1st: 2019; 3rd: 2017)
Points Finishes: 6

Retaining a place with a full works outfit with big ambitions – and one that’s likely to be the target for any other driver dissatisfied with their current situation – won’t be easy for Bottas, who’ll be 37 by then and further removed from his Mercedes heyday.

While year one at the-then Alfa Romeo team in 2022 was decent (10th overall), his sophomore season saw him end with his fewest points and worst finishing position (10, 15th) since his 2013 debut. Out of contract at the end of 2024, another season like that might see him in Australia more regularly than he’d ideally like.