It was 21 years ago, but Valtteri Bottas remembers as if it was yesterday — the day that would change his life forever. Bottas, just six years old at the time, was riding in a car with his father in their native Finland when they came upon a go-kart race taking place. It was love at first sight for little Valtteri – and dad, too. Although they were supposed to continue on to a neighboring town of Lahti, they decided to postpone the trip and spent the rest of the day watching the racing action. It was also the first step Bottas would take towards becoming a race car driver. It’s a journey that two decades later has now, as of Monday, brought him to a seat with the sport’s most dominant team in
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is no longer part of Valtteri Bottas' personal management team after he stepped down following the Finn's appointment as Lewis Hamilton's teammate for the 2017 season. The reigning champions' motorsport chief had invested in Bottas' future along with two-time champion Mika Hakkinen and driver manager Didier Coton. The 27-year-old will occupy the seat vacated by Nico Rosberg and come up against three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.