Valtteri Bottas
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Valtteri Bottas

1989-08-28 (age 31)
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Emilia Romagna GP red-flagged after Bottas/Russell crash

The Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is under a red flag with 30 laps remaining after a sizeable crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

Mercedes: F1 tyre warm-up issue caused Bottas' Imola Q3 struggles

Mercedes believes a tyre warm-up issue caused Valtteri Bottas to struggle in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and slump to eighth place on the grid.

Bottas "couldn’t trust rear-end" of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear-end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Bottas "lost count" of set-up changes made in pre-Imola sim test

Valtteri Bottas says he “lost count” of the number of set-up items he worked through during a recent simulator session to better understand Mercedes’ tricky new Formula 1 car.

Wolff doubts Bottas came close to F1 retirement after team orders

Toto Wolff doubts Valtteri Bottas came close to retiring from Formula 1 following Mercedes’ use of team orders over two years ago after the Finn’s claim on Netflix.

Mercedes has to be "perfect" everywhere to beat Red Bull

Mercedes needs to be "smarter" and "perfect" if it wants to beat Red Bull across the 2021 Formula 1 season, according to drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Wolff explains why Bottas shouldn't be upset with strategy

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff understands Valtteri Bottas' frustration of being stuck on the same strategy as teammate Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix but said there was no other option on the table.

Mercedes unsure how much performance it has recovered since F1 testing

Valtteri Bottas says Mercedes does not know if it has recovered any performance in its work to understand the car handling issues it suffered in 2021 Formula 1 pre-season testing.

Why grounded Mercedes isn’t worried about ‘camouflage’ games Plus

Why grounded Mercedes isn’t worried about ‘camouflage’ games

Mercedes has been the team to beat in Formula 1 since 2014 – but it’s taking no chances this season in the face of a renewed challenge from Red Bull, says STUART CODLING

Bottas: Mercedes W12 F1 has "snappy and unforgiving" rear end

Valtteri Bottas says the rear end of Mercedes’ new Formula 1 car for 2021 is proving to be “quite snappy and unforgiving” through pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Bottas returns Mercedes to the top on second day of Bahrain F1 test

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas led the way on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain, beating AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly in a rapid afternoon session.

Bottas hopes Mercedes can recover after ‘not ideal’ F1 test start

Valtteri Bottas is hopeful Mercedes will be able to recover the mileage lost on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing after suffering some setbacks in Bahrain.

Mercedes: Early Bahrain gearbox issue ‘came out of nowhere’

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the outfit's early gearbox issue on the opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing “came out of nowhere” and is yet to be fully understood.

Bottas “in no rush” to discuss new Mercedes F1 contract

Valtteri Bottas says he is “in no rush” to discuss a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes beyond the end of this year.

Bottas underwent "extreme" F1 winter training, focused on mental gains

Valtteri Bottas says he underwent an "extreme" winter training programme to prepare for the new Formula 1 season, focusing on making mental gains to unlock more performance.

Bottas looking to be "a bit more selfish" in 2021 F1 title bid

Valtteri Bottas says he plans to be more demanding and “a bit more selfish” with his Mercedes race team this year as he targets an elusive Formula 1 world championship.

Bottas: F1 "Couch commentator" criticism motivates me to perform

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says armchair critics who feel he should be doing better against Lewis Hamilton only serve to motivate him rather than get him down

Bottas won't play Rosberg mind games on Mercedes F1 team-mate Hamilton

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he has no interest in playing any mind games with team-mate Lewis Hamilton like his predecessor Nico Rosberg did

Why Bottas won't emulate Rosberg to beat Hamilton Plus

Why Bottas won't emulate Rosberg to beat Hamilton

Of the four seasons Valtteri Bottas has been Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes, he has been beaten in all of them. Although trying to emulate predecessor Nico Rosberg's approach is not an option, the Finn says he needs to try something new

Hamilton: Bottas doesn't need to defend his 2020 F1 performances

Lewis Hamilton believes there is no need for Valtteri Bottas to defend his Formula 1 performances through 2020, praising a "big showing" of his personality and character this year

The bad luck that shaped Valtteri Bottas' failed 2020 F1 title bid

An accumulation of poor luck conspired to hamper Valtteri Bottas's Formula 1 title challenge in 2020 as team-mate Lewis Hamilton took his record-equalling seventh title. LUKE SMITH looks back over the season to pick out the moments where the Finn's hopes unravelled

Bottas: Second in F1 drivers’ championship "can’t be that satisfying"

Valtteri Bottas says finishing second in the Formula 1 drivers' championship "can't be that satisfying" following another defeat in the title race to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton

Wolff: Bottas won't lose 2021 Mercedes F1 seat to Russell

Toto Wolff has put a stop to speculation about fast-tracking George Russell into the Mercedes Formula 1 team in 2021 by formally confirming Valtteri Bottas will retain his seat

Wolff's Abu Dhabi F1 Q3 Bottas message part of agreement for more support

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says his radio message to Valtteri Bottas in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came after they agreed to support each other more

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Verstappen pips Bottas for Red Bull's first 2020 pole

Max Verstappen stunned Mercedes Formula 1 duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to take Red Bull's first pole of 2020 as he topped qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Wolff: Bottas has "unconditional support" from entire Mercedes F1 team

Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas receives "unconditional support" from the entire Mercedes Formula 1 team, and that competing against Lewis Hamilton can be expected to take its toll

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Bottas tops red-flagged FP2 after Raikkonen fire

Valtteri Bottas put Mercedes on top in FP2 at Formula 1's 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which was disrupted by a red flag when Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo caught fire

Bottas accepts "I need to be better" after recent run of F1 form

Valtteri Bottas accepts that he needs to "be better" after a difficult run of form, but feels "full of energy" for the Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi

Bottas felt no "massive responsibility" to guide Russell in Sakhir GP

Valtteri Bottas felt no "massive responsibility" to guide George Russell through his first Formula 1 race weekend with Mercedes, believing Lewis Hamilton left his replacement with a good starting point

Russell felt F1 Sakhir GP lead over Bottas was "too good to be true"

George Russell thought his lead over Valtteri Bottas was "too good to be true" before the pit stop blunder and puncture that cost him a maiden Formula 1 victory

Bottas: "Very easy" to criticise Sakhir F1 performance against Russell

Valtteri Bottas admitted it could be "very easy" to criticise his performance against Mercedes Formula 1 debutant George Russell after struggling to keep up during the Sakhir Grand Prix

Mercedes: Bottas and Russell free to race without concerns of rivalry

Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff has no concerns about a rivalry emerging between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell in Bahrain, saying they are free to race as normal

Bottas: Sakhir qualifying performance "not my best" in F1

Valtteri Bottas says his pole position performance at the Sakhir Grand Prix came despite him not delivering the best of qualifying sessions during his time in Formula 1

F1 Sakhir GP: Bottas edges Russell by 0.026s for pole position

Valtteri Bottas beat George Russell in qualifying for the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, but only by 0.026s as Mercedes' temporary Formula 1 line-up battled for pole

F1 Sakhir GP: Verstappen heads Bottas in FP3, Russell seventh

Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice for the Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix, leading from Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas as Friday pace-setter George Russell could only finish seventh

Mercedes denies treating Sakhir GP as 2022 shootout for Russell and Bottas

Mercedes claims it is not treating this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix as a shootout between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas for a 2022 Formula 1 seat

Bottas: Being beaten by Russell in F1 Sakhir GP "wouldn't look good"

Valtteri Bottas acknowledges that if George Russell beats him on his Mercedes debut as Lewis Hamilton's replacement for Formula 1's Sakhir Grand Prix "it wouldn't look so good on me"

Bottas unsure whether to laugh or cry over bad F1 luck

Valtteri Bottas says he is unsure whether to laugh or cry over his recent bad luck in Formula 1, but hopes it will even out in the near future

Bottas reveals Mercedes F1 drivers have different set-ups for Bahrain GP

Valtteri Bottas says he and Lewis Hamilton will fight for victory in Formula 1's Bahrain race with "quite different set-ups" and is "surprised" by the qualifying gap between the pair

F1 Bahrain GP: Hamilton beats Bottas, Verstappen to pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1's 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, with Valtteri Bottas beating Max Verstappen to second place on the final run in Q3

Hamilton: Bottas misfortune has inflated 2020 F1 drivers' points gap

Lewis Hamilton believes the points gap to Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been inflated by the Finn's bad luck, calling him "one of the strongest drivers here"

Bottas calls Turkish GP "disaster" after damage and six spins

Valtteri Bottas called his Turkish Grand Prix a "disaster" after picking up damage on his Mercedes Formula 1 car on the opening lap and spinning six times during the race

Bottas wants answers over lack of yellow flags for debris at Emilia Romagna GP

Valtteri Bottas wants to know why there were no yellow flags out warning him about the debris he hit on lap two of the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Bottas: Nothing unfair about Hamilton strategy divergence at Imola

Valtteri Bottas insists there was nothing unfair about Mercedes allowing Lewis Hamilton to run a different strategy and overcut him to win the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Mercedes didn't believe Bottas' Imola F1 floor issue initially

The Mercedes Formula 1 team did not initially believe the sensors that indicated Valtteri Bottas had lost 50 downforce points after hitting Ferrari debris in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Bottas: No time to avoid debris that hampered Emilia Romagna GP hopes

Valtteri Bottas said he had no chance to avoid the debris that got lodged under his Mercedes at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and wrecked his Formula 1 victory hopes

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Hamilton overcuts wounded Bottas for Imola win

Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas to victory in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, where Mercedes clinched Formula 1's 2020 constructors' title, as a puncture took out Max Verstappen

Bottas risks on Emilia Romagna GP pole lap left him 'shaking'

Valtteri Bottas says the risk taking he took to grab pole position for the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix left him with the "shakes" at the end of qualifying

F1 Emilia Romagna GP: Bottas snatches pole from Hamilton at Imola

Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole for Formula 1's 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, with Max Verstappen third despite needing a rapid Q2 spark plug change

Wolff: Mercedes "robust" in keeping Bottas on F1 Portuguese GP strategy

Toto Wolff says Mercedes was "robust" in keeping Valtteri Bottas on his planned strategy during Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix, despite his request for soft tyres in the final stint

F1 Portuguese GP: Hamilton beats Bottas to secure all-time F1 win record

Lewis Hamilton triumphed in Formula 1's 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Mercedes recovering from slow, slippery opening laps, as Carlos Sainz Jr led the early stages

Bottas regrets single lap Q3 run plan in F1 Portuguese GP qualifying

Valtteri Bottas says he regrets opting for just a single lap run in his final qualifying effort at the Portuguese Grand Prix after losing pole position to Lewis Hamilton

F1 Portuguese GP: Hamilton swipes last-gasp pole from Bottas

Lewis Hamilton stunned Valtteri Bottas to snatch pole position for Formula 1's 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, after Bottas had topped every practice session and led Q3 after the opening runs

Portuguese GP: Bottas completes F1 practice sweep at Portimao in FP3

Valtteri Bottas completed a clean sweep of Formula 1 practice sessions for the Portuguese Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for top spot in FP3

Bottas heads twice red-flagged F1 Portuguese GP FP2

Valtteri Bottas topped a twice red-flagged FP2 at Formula 1's 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, as Pierre Gasly's blazing AlphaTauri and a crash between Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll interrupted proceedings

Portuguese GP: Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening Portimao F1 practice

Valtteri Bottas set the pace for Mercedes in opening Formula 1 practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday as drivers got their first taste of the Portimao track

What caused Bottas to gift Hamilton his F1 history moment Plus

What caused Bottas to gift Hamilton his F1 history moment

After rebuffing his team-mate's challenge at the start, a Valtteri Bottas error put Lewis Hamilton on course for a record-equalling 91st Formula 1 win at the Eifel GP. There was one critical factor behind that costly mistake

Bottas: Win was still possible after F1 Eifel GP Turn 1 mistake

Valtteri Bottas felt he could still have won Formula 1's Eifel Grand Prix despite his error that gave Lewis Hamilton the lead, before retiring with an unexplained power unit issue

Wolff: No doubts over Hamilton/Bottas fight at start of Eifel GP

Toto Wolff says he "enjoyed" the fight between Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Eifel Grand Prix, and had no concerns about contact