Motorsport Federation of Finland (AKK-Motorsport) found the pilot of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas “Racer of the year”, reports the newspaper Turun Sanomat.
In season 2017 Valtteri debuted as a part of Mercedes, which has won three races (in Russia, Austria and Abu Dhabi) and helped the team to win the Cup of designers.
This is the first award of Bottas. The record for the number of such awards is Mika Hakkinen, the asset is five such prizes. Four times “Rider of the year” Finland was Kimi Raikkonen. Once the winners were Keke Rosberg (1982) and Heikki Kovalainen (2004).
“Unfortunately, I cannot attend the ceremony, said in his video message to Bottas. – However, the victory in this nomination is a great honor for me.
When I was younger, I was often among the contenders for the prize, but the award was received by the other racers. But I did not despair and hoped that one day I would be the best racer of the year”.
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