Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Nationality Finnish
Date of Birth 28 Aug 1989
F1 Debut Australia 2013 with Williams Renault
F1 Team Williams, Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas

In Singapore

Bottas in Singapore:

2013 Williams: qualified 16th, finished 13th
2014 Williams: qualified 8th, finished 11th
2015 Williams: qualified 7th, finished 5th
2016 Williams: qualified 11th, did not finish

The flying Finn

Valtteri Bottas has the chance to finally deliver on all the promise he has shown so far in his career after Mercedes signed him to replace Nico Rosberg, following the world champion's shock retirement at the end of last year.

It's clear that the latest "Flying Finn" has a calm and measured approach, which is a perfect match for his natural speed. But can he convert that into race wins now he is driving a front-running car?

The 2016 season proved to be slightly disappointing for Bottas as Red Bull and Force India pushed his former Williams squad into fifth place in the constructors' championship. But he did comfortably beat his veteran teammate Felipe Massa and took a fine third place at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Bottas moved from karting to Formula Renault, where he won both the Eurocup and the North European Cup in 2008, taking a total of 17 victories over the two series. Bottas also made history by winning the prestigious F3 Masters event at Zandvoort in Holland in 2009 and 2010, becoming the first-ever driver to claim back-to-back victories.

He then moved to the GP3 series for 2011, where he won the title after scoring four victories. The proof of the series as a vital stepping-stone to Formula One is now well proven as in addition to Bottas; Daniil Kvyat is also a former series champion.

Bottas took a year out of racing in 2012 to focus on a role as test and reserve driver for Williams, clocking up no fewer than 15 Friday first practice sessions on the season's Grand Prix calendar to gain valuable experience before making his race debut in 2013.

But that season was character-building as the Williams car was well off the pace. However, Bottas showed several flashes of brilliance, including gaining an impressive third place grid slot in Canada and his first championship points with eighth place in USA.

In 2014, Williams delivered a much stronger car and Bottas made good use of it, scoring six podiums and finishing an notable fourth overall in the drivers' standings.