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Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri
Bottas
FI
FINLAND
DRIVER STANDING
2nd (184 points)
TEAM
Mercedes
1st (407 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.

Full biography

Races

Races 2016
Period
18 - 20 Mar
01 - 03 Apr
15 - 17 Apr
29 - 01 May
13 - 15 May
27 - 29 May
10 - 12 Jun
17 - 19 Jun
01 - 03 Jul
08 - 10 Jul
22 - 24 Jul
29 - 31 Jul
26 - 28 Aug
02 - 04 Sep
16 - 18 Sep
30 - 02 Oct
07 - 09 Oct
21 - 23 Oct
28 - 30 Oct
11 - 13 Nov
25 - 27 Nov
Points: 85