On the day Kimi Raikkonen clinched the world championship in Brazil - October 21, 2007 - 18-year-old Valtteri Bottas notched up his first victories in single-seater racing racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Hockenheim.
During the intervening years, it became increasingly obvious that Bottas would eventually succeed Raikkonen as F1's resident flying Finn.
Perhaps the early seconds of the British Grand Prix, when Raikkonen was on his way to a 47G meeting with the wall on the Wellington Straight and Bottas was jumping from 14th to ninth to lay the foundations for a career-best second place, was the moment the baton was passed from one to the other?
Get back on track. Join today for unlimited access to all Autosport news and features.
Are you an Autosport magazine subscriber? Activate your online account
Your Autosport Plus membership includes:
- Unlimited access to Autosport's news - no monthly cap.
- Read the best motorsport features, analysis and opinion.
- Explore Forix, our comprehensive motorsport stats database.
- Choose from monthly, yearly and two-yearly packages.
Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.