“Where’s Valtteri – Sauna, Coffee Shop…?” – Mercedes Have Fun Over Bottas’ Baku Delay

Published 06/03/2021, 10:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One, F1- Valtteri Bottas, Finnish racer, Mercedes Courtesy: REUTERS


All team personal and 19 drivers are there in Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, except for Valtteri Bottas. The Finn was stuck at the airport and wasn’t able to reach his destination in time for the press conference. His team, Mercedes saw an opportunity in this crisis and played a fun game on Twitter.

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Talking to the press via Zoom, Bottas told reporters, as quoted by PlanetF1, “I’m still in Finland. I should have been in Baku by now. We are well prepared as a team. Hopefully, I’ll be there in the evening.”

Mercedes play a fun game amidst their driver, Valtteri Bottas is missing

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The Silver Arrows played a replica of a popular game called “Finding Waldo,” putting their own twist on it and making it into “Finding Valtteri.”

With the first practice session less than 24 hours from now, Bottas would be hoping to reach the venue on time and get ready to zip around the streets of Baku, as he prepares himself for the sixth round of the championship.

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Bottas shares the importance of a strong mindset

The Mercedes driver hasn’t gotten the start of the season he wanted. To date, the Finn has had to retire from two out of the five races, one at the Emilia GP where his crash with Williams’s George Russell saw him out of the race. And at the recent Monaco Grand Prix, where he had to call it a day after a failed pit stop.

Speaking at the press conference, Bottas said, “In the beginning of the season, definitely the mental strength has been tested. It’s not been the easiest ride to start with, in the last few races, having two DNFs. So I would say there have been setbacks and it’s all about how you bounce back from those and how you move forward.”

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas before the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

“It’s not been the easiest ride to start with, in the last few races, having two DNFs. So I would say there have been setbacks and it’s all about how you bounce back from those and how you move forward,” Bottas concluded.

The Finnish driver would hope to secure a good result at Baku, a place where he won the Grand Prix back in 2019. But the first priority for Bottas is to catch a flight and make it to Azerbaijan.

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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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