Bottas Explains Why Mercedes’ W12 Is His Favorite F1 Car Despite Current Struggles

Published 05/16/2021, 9:34 AM CDT
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP gives the crowd a thumbs up from the fan stage during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Valtteri Bottas has had a fairly successful career in F1. After a solid first few seasons with Williams, he got the call up to Mercedes in 2017, following Nico Rosberg’s retirement after winning the 2016 world championship. Since then, Bottas has been consistent in fighting for pole positions and race wins. With the best car underneath him, he has been a great asset to the team.

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Recently, the Finn took part in an ongoing trend in F1. Today, teams take questions from kids across the globe and have their drivers answer them. Bottas answered several questions, including one about his favorite racing car.

The current car is my favourite: Valtteri Bottas

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When asked about his favorite racing car, Bottas named the current 2021 challenger as his favorite. The Finn also talked about how F1 cars are developing year after year.

Bottas said, My favorite racing car, I would say, is the current one.

“You know, the cars are racing Formula One, they keep evolving, developing year after year and they keep getting better, you know. They keep getting fine-tuned with the handling of the car, the engine drivability, everything.”

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Bottas: It could change in the future!

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While he’s happy with the current car, Bottas points out that his answer could change in the future.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after qualifying in third place Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

The 31-year-old said, I would say the current one is, at the moment, my favorite one, but in the future, I’m sure that’s gonna change.”

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With a new set of technical regulations being introduced next season, all cars seem set to go through a major overhaul. All eyes will be on Mercedes, who look to continue introducing amazing innovations to stay ahead of their competition. Should Bottas stay next season, he could have a new favorite racing car in 2022.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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