WATCH: Valtteri Bottas Indulges in Passionate Hobby to Pay Tribute to a Finnish Legend

Published 06/15/2021, 7:32 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


Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas went to Corsica to pay his respect to his fellow countrymen, Henri Toivonen, a rally racer, who tragically passed away back in 1986. The Finn spent his weekend cycling in Corsica, before preparing for the triple-header in France and the two races in Austria at the Red Bull ring.

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Valtteri Bottas visits Finnish’s rally driver, Henri Toivonen to pay his respects

The Mercedes driver cycled upto the plaque dedicated to the rally driver who tragically passed away during a race. Bottas regards him as a legend and had to pay his homage to his fellow countrymen before he heads for his own race in France.

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Bottas wrote, “Had to cycle up for the legend”

In the coming days, Bottas will depart for France for the seventh round of the championship. The Finnish driver will be hoping to get some motivation after visiting his idol’s memorabilia. He will aim to bounce back and redeem himself after having a lackluster Azerbaijan Grand Prix as crossed the line twelfth place.

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How is Bottas doing this season?

The 33-year-old driver has featured on the top step of Grand Prix thrice this season so far. Bottas finished in third place in Bahrain, Portugal, and at the Spanish Grand Prix.

However, things have gone downhill for the number 77 at the Brackley-based squad. As he suffered two horrible weekends back-to-back, one at the Monaco Grand Prix, where a botched pitstop ended his race and had to retire. And the other at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix where he placed twelfth, bringing home zero points for both weekends for himself and his colleagues at Mercedes.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the press conference after qualifying in third position FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Hence, Bottas will be looking forward to the triple-header as he is looking to break the streak of bad runs and hoping to come out on top. Currently in sixth place in the driver’s standings with 47 points, the Finn is hoping the triple-header will give him a chance to increase his tally for the 2021 championship.

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Do you think Bottas’s will come back stronger after having a weekend getaway and will prove his doubters wrong in France? 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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