After two very successful seasons the last two years, Valtteri Bottas has struggled a bit in 2016. Bottas, finished fourth in the Formula One drivers standings in 2014, and backed that up with a fifth place effort a year ago. The Finnish driver had two runner-up efforts, eight podiums and 21 top five finishes in those 38 races.
But, in 11 races this season, Bottas has just one podium and only three top fives to his credit. He’s hoping that he can change that this weekend though, and be competitive with the Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari drivers on Sunday in the German Grand Prix.
Bottas, 26, has had a good history in Germany, as he finished second in this very race in 2014. In fact, it was the last time F1 visited Germany, and it was also at the same Hockenheim circuit.
The Williams driver is hoping history is going to be on his side this weekend.
“Last time we were in Germany was in 2014 and I was second place in the race, one of my best F1 results,” Bottas said ahead of this weekend’s race. It’s a track I’ve driven a lot when I was in the junior categories like Formula Renault and Formula 3, so I know the place really well. It’s nice to go back to Germany after a bit of a break, and hopefully we’ll have another warm welcome.”
If he can score a good finish, it would be his first top five since Montreal back in early June. It would definitely give him the result he’s looking for and some good momentum heading into the summer break.