World champion rally 1979, Markku Alen expressed admiration for the performance of Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes lineup, and also praised the two other young compatriots Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen, who took first and fourth places in Rally Finland.
“Valtteri is now very strong, said Allen in an interview with Motorsport Read. – Lewis Hamilton – team leader Mercedes, but Bottas is constantly exerts a pressure.
Kimi Raikkonen, of course, a great driver. But after one or two years he will finish his career. At Valteri there are still at least ten years, as well as Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen in the rally. Finland has a great future in Motorsport”.
The 1981 champion Ari Vatanen added: “they Said that we no longer have the “Flying Finns”, but with more luck Suninen could be the second on Rally Finland. On the same day, Raikkonen and Bottas was on the podium of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Not bad for a country with a population of five million people.
It is impossible to predict the future, but we have everything to succeed and win Championships. About more now and ask for the impossible. We need to educate the next generation of riders”.
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