Valtteri Bottas (32) is the fourth Finn to introduce himself in Hinwil, after JJ Lehto, Mika Salo and birthday child Kimi Räikkönen (42). Of course, there in the holy Sauber factory halls and with the most loyal fans of the fourth oldest Formula 1 team (after Ferrari, McLaren, Williams), he will never reach the popularity of Kimi. But that is also not Bottas’ job following the dismissal of Nico Rosberg from the Blitz title at the end of 2016 and the five free years at Mercedes that followed. The ten-time GP winner (most recently on October 10 in Turkey) should lead the Alpha-Sauber as an asphalt leader in 2022. A stage spot would be almost too much to ask for. The last was the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi with the third place in Suzuka 2012. At that time there were two former Sauber drivers on stage: Vettel in the Red Bull-Renault and Massa in the Ferrari.
The years of printing on the Silver Arrows seem to be over
Since Bottas announced the move to Switzerland, which was a surprise to many for Monza, he has been the most successful driver in the last three races. With 54 World Cup points for Ricciardo (39), Verstappen (38) and Hamilton (35). Ultimately, the years of pressure on the Silver Arrows seem to be whether or not he gets a contract again. “Now I’m just looking forward to the new challenge with the brand new cars next year!” After too many bankruptcies in the second Corona year, Chef Vasseur has already promised that one will now invest heavily in the C42! The Frenchman has not yet been able to say anything concrete about a possible change of ownership (Andretti clan). Or with.
Bottas and Raikkonen – both divorced once
Bottas has been the 35th driver with ten or more victories since Istanbul on the ever-wet track (“probably the best race of my career”). With now 18 pole positions, he has the same number as Kimi. But the “Iceman” also won 21 and won the 2007 World Cup. For once, fans should not complain: Bottas was the sixth winner in 2021, standing on stage. Most recently, eight different drivers celebrated a GP triumph in 2012. Bottas and Raikkonen in private: Both were divorced once. Kimi married model Jenni after ten years in 2016 (Minttu). Valtteri has had a girlfriend again since 2020. Tiffany is a professional cyclist, his first wife (Emilia) was a top swimmer.
Exhibition in honor of Clay Regazzoni
Big festival yesterday in Romanshorn. A major exhibition in honor of the fifth time GP winner and 1974 vice world champion, Clay Regazzoni (died in December 2006), was inaugurated in the “Autobau”. From wife Maria Pia and daughter Alessia. The reservations for Jo Siffert have already begun around Friborg. He died 50 years ago on October 24th. His current opponent Jackie Stewart (82) has also announced himself for the current PK.