Even With the Summer Break on, Valtteri Bottas Is Achieving Podiums

Published 08/17/2021, 10:57 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas walks around the track ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


The summer break might be now, but that hasn’t stopped Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas from achieving a podium. However, instead of zipping around in a Formula One car, he found himself biking and taking second place in his age group.

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The Finn is known for his exercise regime when the F1 season is off. So it is no surprise to see the number 77 driver push himself and have some achievements under his belt away from the world of F1.

Valtteri Bottas finds himself on the top step once again

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Bottas is used to getting onto the podium with Mercedes during a Grand Prix weekend. However, this time around, things were different for the Finnish driver. He took part in a bike race, which had more than five hundred riders, and came fifth, and from his age group, he came second, making it another podium for him this year.

He took to social media to express his joy after he found himself on the podium.

“What an event yesterday! Enjoyed my first gravel race a lot. Ended up 5th out of 500+ riders on the line for the 64mile red course, and 2nd in my age group. @tiffanycromwell was a hero again completing the black course in women’s top 10. Steamboat, we’ll be back,” Bottas wrote.

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How many podiums does Bottas have this season?

The 31-year-old is having a season of ups and downs so far. However, Bottas has managed to find himself on the podium on five occasions this year, which has played a crucial part in him achieving fourth place in the standings with 104 points.

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His last race before the summer break was the Hungarian GP, which ended in disappointment for the Mercedes driver. As in the opening laps of the race, he locked and hit several cars, which saw him retiring from the race.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Third placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium with a trophy REUTERS/Albert Gea

The upcoming race at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix will be his chance at redemption. Can Bottas achieve another podium this season and help himself and his Brackley-based team in the title fight? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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