Tag: Valtteri Bottas

Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes facing “setback” with 2019 F1 engine concept

Formula 1 – F1: Mercedes facing “setback” with 2019 F1 engine concept

Mercedes has suffered a “setback” with the development of its Formula 1 engine ahead of the 2019 season, according to team boss Toto Wolff. The German manufacturer has dominated the current era of power unit regulations since their introduction in 2014, with Mercedes taking a clean sweep of five constructors’ and drivers’ world championship titles…

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Formula 2 – Lewis Hamilton wins team bosses’ top 10 drivers vote for 2018 season

Formula 2 – Lewis Hamilton wins team bosses’ top 10 drivers vote for 2018 season

The Formula One season ended with a fifth Drivers’ Championship for Lewis Hamilton, and the Brit swept the board in Autosport’s Formula One team principals’ Top 10 Drivers of 2018 vote. Hamilton dominated the track whilst driving for Mercedes, and concluded the 2018 calendar by winning in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago. And he has…

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Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘not worried’ about 2020 F1 seat amid Ocon to Mercedes rumours

Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘not worried’ about 2020 F1 seat amid Ocon to Mercedes rumours

Valtteri Bottas insists he is “not worried” about rumours linking Esteban Ocon to his Mercedes Formula 1 seat for the 2020 season. Bottas endured a winless 2018 season and struggled to match teammate Lewis Hamilton, who in contrast claimed 11 victories and pole positions on his way to clinching a fifth drivers’ world title. The…

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Formula 1 – F1: The driver under most pressure heading into F1 2019

Formula 1 – F1: The driver under most pressure heading into F1 2019

The contrasting fortunes following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could not have been more different for Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. 2018 heralded another championship triumph for Mercedes, with the German manufacturer continuing its perfect record of clinching every title on offer since the start of the V6…

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Formula 1 – F1: Who was Formula 1’s best ‘number two driver’ in 2018?

Formula 1 – F1: Who was Formula 1’s best ‘number two driver’ in 2018?

There are a number of ‘old rules’ in motorsport, but one of the most-quoted is: “The first person you have to beat is your teammate.” Formula 1 has seen a number of tense teammate moments in 2018, the strongest example coming in Baku when Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo collided. Force India teammates…

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Formula 1 – F1 Brawn: Bottas the ‘only flaw’ in Mercedes’ title-winning F1 season

Formula 1 – F1 Brawn: Bottas the ‘only flaw’ in Mercedes’ title-winning F1 season

Valtteri Bottas was the “only slight flaw” in Mercedes’ title-winning 2018 campaign, according to Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn. Mercedes successfully defended both F1 world championships this year to keep up its perfect record of winning every single title on offer during the V6 hybrid era, despite facing stiff competition from Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton…

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Formula E – Valtteri Bottas race engineer leaves Formula 1 team

Formula E – Valtteri Bottas race engineer leaves Formula 1 team

Image: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP Valtteri Bottas is losing his race engineer Tony Ross. Before working with Bottas, Ross was the race engineer for 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg. Not too complicated “Tony will be the chief race engineer in our Formula E programme. We are discussing his replacement,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff announced. READ: Wolff…

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Formula 1 – Bottas’ F1 race engineer to join Mercedes Formula E programme

Formula 1 – Bottas’ F1 race engineer to join Mercedes Formula E programme

Valtteri Bottas’ race engineer will leave Mercedes’ Formula 1 team in order to become the chief race engineer for its new Formula E operation. Tony Ross has worked at Mercedes since 2011, acting as Bottas’ race engineer for the Finn’s two seasons with the team, as well as previously working with Nico Rosberg. Bottas was…

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Formula 1 – F1: Wolff fears Bottas has been ‘damaged mentally’ by 2018 F1 season

Formula 1 – F1: Wolff fears Bottas has been ‘damaged mentally’ by 2018 F1 season

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he is worried a frustrating 2018 campaign has taken its toll on Valtteri Bottas. Bottas, who was forced to play a supporting role to teammate Lewis Hamilton’s championship bid after falling out of title contention himself following a difficult start to the year, finished a distant fifth place…

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Formula 1 – F1 Bottas: ‘Not ideal’ Abu Dhabi race sums up my 2018 F1 season

Formula 1 – F1 Bottas: ‘Not ideal’ Abu Dhabi race sums up my 2018 F1 season

Valtteri Bottas believes his run to a lowly fifth place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix “sums up” his 2018 Formula 1 season. Bottas has endured a difficult campaign and largely played a supporting role to teammate Lewis Hamilton’s championship bid, having fallen out of contention himself earlier in the year. The Finn started on…

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Formula 1 – Hamilton closes F1 season with Abu Dhabi victory as Alonso bows out

Formula 1 – Hamilton closes F1 season with Abu Dhabi victory as Alonso bows out

Lewis Hamilton closed out the 2018 Formula 1 season with a convincing victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, leading home title rival Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton was able to manage his tyres well after an early pit stop to secure victory, capping off his fifth drivers’ championship win in style…

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Formula 1 – Live updates, pole, results, video from Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit

Formula 1 – Live updates, pole, results, video from Grand Prix at Yas Marina circuit

Lewis Hamilton has rounded off a stunning championship season with a clinical win in Abu Dhabi over longtime rival Sebastian Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo threatened to finish off his career at Red Bull with a win as he slid into the lead midway through the race but in the end the Aussie had to settle with…

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Formula 1 – F1: Valtteri Bottas rues late error after missing out on Abu Dhabi pole

Formula 1 – F1: Valtteri Bottas rues late error after missing out on Abu Dhabi pole

Valtteri Bottas was left ruing a couple of small mistakes in the final sector of his last Q3 lap in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday after narrowly losing out on pole position to Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas bounced back from a difficult Q2 to grab second place on…

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Formula 1 – F1: Lewis Hamilton closes out Abu Dhabi F1 practice fastest for Mercedes

Formula 1 – F1: Lewis Hamilton closes out Abu Dhabi F1 practice fastest for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton closed out Formula 1 practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the fastest driver after edging out Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to top FP3 at the Yas Marina Circuit. Five-time F1 world champion Hamilton managed to bounce back from a mixed Friday of practice running to lead final practice for Mercedes, seizing the…

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Formula 1 – F1: Bottas hopes for 2017 repeat in Abu Dhabi after ‘really good’ Friday

Formula 1 – F1: Bottas hopes for 2017 repeat in Abu Dhabi after ‘really good’ Friday

Valtteri Bottas is confident he can fight for pole position and victory in the Formula 1 2018 Abu Dhabi season finale after setting the pace on Friday. The Finn, who is looking to put an end to his winless 2018 campaign to avoid becoming the first Mercedes driver since Michael Schumacher in 2012 not to…

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Formula 1 – F1: Valtteri Bottas quickest for Mercedes as night falls in Abu Dhabi FP2

Formula 1 – F1: Valtteri Bottas quickest for Mercedes as night falls in Abu Dhabi FP2

Valtteri Bottas led Mercedes to the head of the field as night fell for second practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday, edging out FP1 pace-setter Max Verstappen. Verstappen headed up a one-two finish for Red Bull in opening practice at the Yas Marina Circuit, only for Mercedes to respond in FP2 with…

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Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ranks 2018 as his worst season in F1 so far

Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ranks 2018 as his worst season in F1 so far

Valtteri Bottas has labelled his 2018 campaign as the “worst season” of his Formula 1 career based on his results. Bottas has failed to win so far in his second year with Mercedes and is looking to avoid becoming the first driver not to score a grand prix victory for the team since Michael Schumacher…

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Formula 1 – No issues with Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track layout, Yas Marina Circuit boss insists

Formula 1 – No issues with Abu Dhabi Formula 1 track layout, Yas Marina Circuit boss insists

When Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton expressed concern last year over his struggle to overtake his team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Abu Dhabi track due to its layout, the executive team at Yas Marina Circuit took his comments seriously carried out a thorough investigation. Hamilton trailed his Mercedes F1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas throughout the…

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Formula 1 – Five F1 titles not possible for Mercedes without Hamilton, says Wolff

Formula 1 – Five F1 titles not possible for Mercedes without Hamilton, says Wolff

Toto Wolff believes it would not have been possible for Mercedes to claim five Formula 1 world constructors’ championships in a row without Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes continued its clean sweeps of titles throughout the V6 hybrid era by wrapping up a fifth straight constructors’ championship in Brazil, which added to the fifth world title secured…

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Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘getting annoyed’ by constant defending in F1 races

Formula 1 – F1: Bottas ‘getting annoyed’ by constant defending in F1 races

Valtteri Bottas admits having to take a continued defensive approach in Formula 1 races is “getting annoying” following the Brazilian Grand Prix. Bottas has often found himself driving in a defensive mode this season and Sunday’s race in Brazil proved to be another example, as he held up the Red Bull and Ferrari duo in the early…

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