Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Driver Number

#77

Finland

Representing

Finland

Nation
Finland
Engine
Mercedes
Date of birth
28/Aug/1989
Place of birth
Nastola, Finland

Biography

If Lewis Hamilton really is the best F1® driver ever, is Valtteri Bottas the best-ever number two?

In three years with Mercedes-Benz the Finn has finished third, fifth and second in the Drivers Championship.

The Rolex Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2019 winner added another three wins to make 2019 his best season, and any thoughts that Bottas might be benched for someone younger were set aside when he re-signed with the team in late August.

For all that, there were times in which he looked to be at less than his best, with off-track issues perhaps distracting him from his racing, before tearing from the back of the Abu Dhabi grid to fourth in the final race of the year.

Under the circumstances, perhaps 2020 could be the Finn’s best season; at 30, and about to make his 140th Grand Prix start, Bottas might be the perfect foil to push Hamilton to ever greater heights.

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