Nine podiums, one fastest lap, no wins - Bottas' F1 career in Opta numbers


Valtteri Bottas was confirmed as Nico Rosberg's replacement at Mercedes on Monday, as the Finn made the jump from Williams to fill one of the biggest seats in Formula One.

Mercedes identified the 27-year-old as the ideal replacement for world champion Rosberg, who retired just five days after clinching the 2016 drivers' title in Abu Dhabi.

With the help of Opta, we run the rule over Bottas' F1 career to date.


1 - Bottas has had repeat podium finishes at just one grand prix - Canada in 2015 and 2016.

3 - For the last three seasons, he has driven a Williams with a Mercedes engine. Williams were powered by Renault for Bottas' debut season in 2013.

4 - Only four drivers in F1 history have achieved more podium finishes than Bottas without winning a race: Nick Heidfeld (13), Stefan Johannson (12), Chris Amon (11) and Romain Grosjean (10).

5 - Bottas has only been in front for five laps in his 77 races to date and has recorded just one fastest lap - the first in Russian Grand Prix history in 2014.

7 - Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Bottas has retired just seven times, the joint-lowest tally of any driver to race in each of those four seasons (alongside Lewis Hamilton).

9 - Bottas has nine podiums in his F1 career; the first five came in Europe, the next four out of Europe.

12 - Bottas' best race in terms of improving on grid position came at the British Grand Prix in 2014. After starting 14th on the grid, he climbed 12 places to finish second.