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Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri
Bottas
FI
FINLAND
DRIVER STANDING
2nd (188 points)
TEAM
Mercedes
1st (438 points)
Mercedes
Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas Biography

It was a case of right place, right time for Valtteri Bottas when Nico Rosberg shocked Formula 1 by retiring in the midst of his title win in 2016, paving the way for Bottas to join Mercedes from Williams. Bottas enjoyed an impressive junior career, following pair of third-place finishes in European Formula 3 with a title triumph in the 2011 GP3 Series, paving his way to F1.

Signing for Williams and modest success

Williams signed Bottas as test driver in 2010, a role he held for three season, including a year of full-time reserve duties in 2012 behind Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna. Bottas partnered Maldonado the following year after replacing Senna in the race line-up, scoring four of the paltry five points scored by Williams that season with an eighth-place finish in the United States Grand Prix. Despite a year of struggle, Bottas generally outperformed his more experienced, if erratic team-mate, retaining his place on the team for 2014.

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Races

Races 2012
Period
16 - 18 Mar
23 - 25 Mar
13 - 15 Apr
20 - 22 Apr
11 - 13 May
24 - 27 May
08 - 10 Jun
22 - 24 Jun
06 - 08 Jul
20 - 22 Jul
27 - 29 Jul
31 - 02 Sep
07 - 09 Sep
21 - 23 Sep
05 - 07 Oct
12 - 14 Oct
26 - 28 Oct
02 - 04 Nov
16 - 18 Nov
23 - 25 Nov
Points: 0