Nastola, Finland (age 34)
Bottas began his racing career in karting and moved on to single-seater racing in 2007. Bottas progressed through the ranks, winning the Formula Renault Eurocup in 2008. He then moved to Formula 3 and eventually the GP3 Series, where he won the 2011 GP3 Series championship. He made his Formula 1 debut with Williams in 2013 and impressed with a series of strong performances, finishing third in the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix for his first podium finish.
In 2017, Bottas joined Mercedes as a replacement for the retiring Nico Rosberg. In his first season with the team, he won three races and helped Mercedes secure the constructors' championship. He has since established himself as a consistent performer, finishing second in the drivers' championship in 2019 and 2020, and third in 2021.
In 2022, Bottas moved to Alfa Romeo, partnering with rookie Zhou Guanyu. Driving for a much smaller team, Bottas only finished 10th that year, ending his streak of three consecutive top 3 finishes in the drivers' championship.
Bottas has a reputation for being a reliable team player and has been instrumental in Mercedes' success in their era of domination. Off the track, he is known for his love of rally driving and has competed in several rally events in his native Finland.
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