The Russian GP has always seemed appropriate To Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes’ Finnish driver has forged a tough result on the Sochi motorway practically every time since the race’s debut in 2014.

The brightest crown in the statistic is, of course, the opening victory of an F1 career in the 2017 race. That’s when he set off from the third box, like this year’s race.

In all honesty, Bottas should have wins on track two. In 2018, the Finn had to hand over first place with a questionable team order to his teammate To Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas Russian GPs


2014: a-a: 3. GP: 3.

2015: a-a: 3. GP: kesk.

2016: a-a: 2. GP: 4.


2017: a-a: 3. GP: 1.

2018: a-a: 1. GP. 2.

2019: a-a 4. GP: 2.

In total, Bottas has risen to the podium four times out of six after the race. In 2015, third place was scrapped in the final round Kimi Räikkönen after her countrymen came out, the following year resulted in “only” fourth place for Williams.

So what makes Bottas so good in Sochi?

– That’s a good question, Iltalehti’s F1 expert Jyrki Järvilehto start thinking.

– Some tracks just fit some drivers. Sochi has always hit Valtter. Probably the Valtteri part uses the grip and the surface of the asphalt, Järvilehto says.

The specialty of the Sochi track is the smooth asphalt surface. It requires drivers to adapt to a different driving rhythm from other tracks. That may explain Bottas ’hard vibe on this particular track.

– Every year, Valtteri seems to get the car just the way it should be. That’s what it’s all about, Järvilehto says.

The video above provides more analysis of the weekend race scene. Why is it barking at a boring track?