Valtteri Bottas is a Finnish race driver who has risen to be among one of the most known so far in the sports. Having spent a larger part of his life behind the wheels, Botta is now a Formula One race driver who hits the tracks for the Mercedes team. He has partnered with people like Lewis Hamilton thus far in his career. Because of his life on the fast lane, a lot of people have come to want to know him some more. Here is all you need to know about him.
Valtteri Bottas Biography
It was as Valtteri Viktor Bottas that the race driver was born on 28 August 1989 in Nastola, Finland. His father, Rauno Bottas, was into cleaning business while his mother, Marianne Välimaa, was an undertaker. What this means is that he was raised alongside a sister in a family that could not be described a wealthy one.
After his education, Valtteri served in the military in the rank of a Lance corporal. His brief service was in line with a mandatory provision for adult males in the country.
Since he was just a child, he had his eyes on competitive racing. In this regards, he was behind the wheels at the age of six when he began as a professional racing kart driver. It was here that he got the opportunity to sharpen himself while recording many victories over the years to come, and it landed him in Finland’s National Karting team.
The proper break for Valtteri was after 2005 when he got 3 Kart titles in 2006 and two titles in 2008 after winning the Formula Renault Eurocup and the Formula Renault Northern European Cup. Interestingly enough for him, from 28 starts, he was able to win as much as 17 races.
The coming years were very significant for him as he kept rising. In 2009, he won the Masters of Formula 3 but ended third in the Formula 3 Euro Series and he retained the Masters title. It was with the Williams F1 Team that Valtteri made his debut FIA Formula One World Championship in 2013. He continued racing for the team until 2016 when he signed for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. His best outing before then was 4th which he achieved in 2014.
His first season with Mercedes saw him emerging 3rd place in the Formula One only behind Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. That was in 2017 when he replaced Nico Rosberg after he retired, and that gave Valtteri Bottas the chance to partner with Lewis Hamilton. The year also had him winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Russian Grand Prix.
He has driven for various teams including the French racing team ART Grand Prix, Prema Powerteam in Italy, AT&T Williams, Williams F1 Team, Williams Martini Racing, and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for which he still drives. The contract he signed with the team is expected to see him through the 2018 season.
The Finnish racing driver is married to Emilia Pikkarainen (now Emilia Bottas). The two got married on 10th Sep 2016 at the St. John’s Church in Finland, Helsinki, having dated since 2010. Emilia who is also from Finland was born on 11 October 1992.
A swimmer, Emilia Bottas is one of the best in her home country as she has represented the country in the Olympics since she was only 15. More so, the blonde beauty holds a number of national swimming records.
For now, the couple is yet to have any child. They now live in Monaco.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
A good-looking man, Valtteri Bottas is an average built individual who has a good height and body weight. He is athletically built to be able to excel in many other sports if he had chosen to do so. He has a height of 5 feet and 9 inches (173 cm), and a body weight of 150 pounds (68 kg).
Although his actual body measurements are not given, his build as pointed out is in the average line and he is very fit. In fact, he has been described as a fitness fanatic. Also, Bottas has blue eyes and a blond hair.
Taking charge of his career without any clear intentions of matching the brakes, Bottas has a net worth of $20 million. He has made his wealth from his racing career as well as from the endorsements he has with various brands including his deal with Konecranes.