|Team||Williams Martini Racing|
|Date of Birth||26 Aug 1989|
|F1 Debut||Australia 2013 with Williams Renault|
Bottas in Singapore:
2013 Williams: qualified 16th, finished 13th
2014 Williams: qualified 8th, finished 11th
2015 Williams: qualified 7th, finished 5th
The flying Finn
Still considered to be a future winner and world champion, Valtteri Bottas continued his strong progress in Formula One with a fine season in 2014. 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?
2015 proved to be slightly disappointing for Bottas as Ferrari overtook Williams as the main challenger to Mercedes and the Finn only scored two podium finishes. He was pushed hard by his teammate Felipe Massa and admitted that rumours of a potential switch to the Scuderia had unsettled him. But Bottas showed his metal in two thrilling late season duels with compatriot, Kimi Räikkönen.
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, Esteban Gutierrez and Daniil Kvyat are also former series champions.
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. Although Williams faces a challenge to race Mercedes and Ferrari in 2016, expect Bottas to seize any opportunity that falls his way in his fourth year in Formula One.