Valtteri Bottas Becomes Joint-Leader of an Unflattering F1 List Despite Turkish GP Win

Published 10/11/2021, 11:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during an interview after winning the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Valtteri Bottas dominantly won the Turkish Grand Prix. The Finn was never in trouble and looked comfortable on a wet track. But even before getting on the track to race, Bottas had recorded an unusual record to his name.

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Bottas started the race on pole position after finishing P2 in qualifying. He inherited the top slot on the grid as Lewis Hamilton had taken a 10-place grid penalty as he had changed ICE on his engine.

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The Finnish driver gets an unpleasant record to his name

As reported by GPFans, the Mercedes driver started the race after taking the 18th pole position of his career. While it certainly gave him a race win, it also made him joint top with Rene Arnoux as the driver with most poles in F1 without winning a championship.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during qualifying REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Both Rene and Valtteri have 18 pole positions in their time in F1. The next to come after them is the legendary driver Sir Stirling Moss, tied with Felipe Massa.

Rubens Barrichello is tied on fifth with Ronnie Peterson on 14, whilst Jacky Ickx, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Mark Webber are on 13.

Bottas may take one or two more pole positions before ending his time with Mercedes. In the end, he might end up as the driver with the most pole position, without a championship to his name.

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It’s been a while but feels good: Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas won the 10th win of his career after winning the Turkish GP. It was Bottas’s first race win of the season and also the first since his last win in Russia 2020.

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“It’s been a while, but feels good,” said Bottas.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

“From my side, it was one of the best races I’ve had – ever. Apart from one little slide, I’ve had everything under control. The car was good in every condition. I had really good confidence in it. I’m glad everything went smoothly for once for me. It was nice,” said the Finn.

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This might be the last win for Bottas as he heads to Alfa Romeo next season. It looks highly unlikely that he will win a world championship with the Swiss team.

Can Bottas win a world title in F1? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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