Bottas started his Formula 1 career at Williams as partner to Pastor Maldonado in 2013. He scored his first career points at that season's US Grand Prix - his only points of the year - after finishing eighth at the Circuit of the Americas. Despite a year of struggle, Bottas generally outperformed his more experienced team-mate, retaining his place on the team for 2014 as Maldonado was replaced by Felipe Massa. That season saw a sharp upturn in Williams' fortunes as a new power unit deal with Mercedes, sponsorship from Martini and Massa's arrival gave the team a much-needed boost. Bottas thrived, taking a maiden podium in Austria. Further podium finishes in Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Russia and Abu Dhabi proved Bottas' credentials as he finished the season fourth in the drivers' championship. As Mercedes' rival engine manufacturers began to get to grips with the complex turbo-Hybrid power units, Williams started to slip back down the order, but not before Bottas was able to add three podiums across 2015 and 2016 to solidify fifth and eighth in the championship in both seasons.
Bottas' contractual details are not public knowledge. However, his Mercedes contract is believed to be somewhere between £5-10million. In addition to his base salary, Bottas has numerous personal tie-ins, such as his partnership with Finnish sporting company Polar. The above means his net worth is estimated to be between £15-20million.
Bottas was previously married to Finnish swimming star Emilia Pikkarainen, marrying in 2016 but announcing their split at the tail-end of the 2019 season. Bottas is currently dating Tiffany Cromwell - an Australian road cyclist.
Bottas - like team-mate Hamilton - giving an insight into his training schedule, personal life and the progress of his race weekends.
Bottas' helmet design has remained largely the same throughout his career - consisting of the Finnish national colours of blue and white along with black as a prominent colour. Only minute changes have been made to the physical design on his helmets.
|3 - 5 july||Red Bull Ring||Valtteri Bottas||1 - 25 points|
|10 - 12 july||Red Bull Ring||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
|17 - 19 july||Hungaroring||Lewis Hamilton||3 - 15 points|
31 july -
|Silverstone Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||11e - no points|
|7 - 9 august||Silverstone Circuit||Max Verstappen||3 - 15 points|
|14 - 16 august||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Lewis Hamilton||3 - 16 points|
|28 - 30 august||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
|4 - 6 september||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Pierre Gasly||5e - 10 points|
|11 - 13 september||Mugello||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
|25 - 27 september||Sochi Autodrom||Valtteri Bottas||1 - 26 points|
|9 - 11 october||Nürburgring||Lewis Hamilton||DNF - Failed|
|23 - 25 october||Portimão Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
31 october -
|Imola||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
|13 - 15 november||Intercity Istanbul Park||Lewis Hamilton||14e - no points|
|27 - 29 november||Bahrain International Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||8e - 4 points|
|4 - 6 december||Bahrain International Circuit||Sergio Pérez||8e - 4 points|
|11 - 13 december||Yas Marina Circuit||Max Verstappen||2 - 18 points|