Valtteri Bottas Emerges Fastest At The In-Season Testing In Barcelona

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Valtteri Bottas
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Truth be told, five races down it appears that the 2019 Formula 1 season is- with all due respect to those on the grid- a see-saw between Lewis Hamilton and teammate, Valtteri Bottas. Of course, you know why, already- don’t you?

In fact, why restrict our creative fluids to just the above? One reckons whether the die-hard F1 romantic may approve of the following idealogue on the 2019 season:

“Could it be that this is Mercedes’ era where the others merely happen to exit!?”

Well, because it’s that man again who is dominating the headlines and making a move or two in the immediate aftermath of the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix.

The news from Fernando Alonso-land is that Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, who secured a well-fought second at Spain’s Barcelona track has topped the timesheets during the in-season testing, currently being held at the very same venue.

If that’s not a sign of consistency, then one wonders, what is?

Having begun his 2019 season with a sensational win at Australia, Bottas, who’s been on the podium on every single occasion for his team up until now, would go on to win a fantastic contest at Azerbaijan, a track where last year he did only as much as running over the debris during the final dying stages of the Baku race.

Valtteri Bottas
Credits: Beyond The Flag

When the stats from the Barcelona test emerged on Wednesday, then it became apparent that the man responsible for setting the most number of “fastest-laps” in 2018 was the one who emerged quickest in the mid-season testing at Spain.

At 1:15:511 seconds, the noted Finnish driver, formerly with Williams before teaming alongside Lewis at the Toto Wolff-led outfit lapped the fastest, thus emerging on the very top of the scoresheets.

But that said, the above time was a bit slower than his Saturday’s qualifying pole time. And that’s not all. Valtteri Bottas also did as many as 131 laps, which is basically equivalent to 2 race-distances.