Valtteri Bottas is a Finnish racing driver who has been competing in Formula One since 2013. He is currently driving for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

Early life

Bottas was born on August 28, 1989, in Nastola, Finland. He started karting at the age of six and continued until he was sixteen.


He began his professional racing career in 2007 by participating in the Formula Renault Eurocup. In the same year, he also competed in the Finnish Formula Renault championship and won the championship title.

Formula One Career

Bottas made his debut in Formula One with Williams F1 team in 2013 as a teammate of Pastor Maldonado. His performance during his debut season helped him earn a spot with Williams for several more seasons.

Racing Achievements

In his first race with Mercedes, Bottas finished third at the Australian Grand Prix, claiming his first podium finish with Mercedes.

Personal Life

Bottas is married to Emilia Pikkarainen, who is an Olympic swimmer from Finland. The couple got married on September 14, 2016.