Valtteri Bottas shares lessons learned from serving in Finnish army

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VALTTERI BOTTAS made the change from Mercedes to Alfa Romeo for the 2022 season.

Valtteri Bottas shares lessons learned from serving in Finnish army

Valtteri Bottas as soon as served within the Finnish military (Picture: Twitter / @JanErikOlin)

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Valtteri Bottas has stated time within the Finnish military turned him from a boy into a person and was a “form of transition”. He was known as up for obligatory army service between 2008 and 2009, incomes the army rank of lance corporal.

Bottas stated he discovered “resilience” and “teamwork” after his time away and likewise appreciated the “small issues in life”.

Talking to, he defined: “Wanting again at it, it was really enjoyable. However for certain, generally once I was there, it was not a lot enjoyable. Like if you’re drained and sleeping within the freezing chilly forest for 2 weeks.

“However to me, it makes a boy a person. That’s form of the transition for many individuals and to me, it did precisely that. You positively be taught resilience. You be taught lots about teamwork. As a result of it’s essential work as a staff if you’re in excessive situations or conditions.

“You be taught self-discipline for certain. And respect, in a method, for every little thing. That point additionally made the small issues in life really feel extra severe. Like having a heat and delicate mattress after a number of the camps was a luxurious.”

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Valtteri Bottas shares lessons learned from serving in Finnish army

Valtteri Bottas switched from Mercedes to Alfa Romeo (Picture: Getty)

Bottas’ conscription got here simply months after he gained the Formulation Renault Eurocup and Formulation Renault Northern European Cup in 2018. Months later he was competing in Formulation Three Euro Collection earlier than signing for Williams as a take a look at driver within the following season.

He made his race debut at Williams in 2013 earlier than changing Nico Rosberg when he give up Mercedes after the 2016 season. Bottas is having fun with renewed pleasure in 2022 after switching from Mercedes to Alfa Romeo for the brand new season.

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Valtteri Bottas shares lessons learned from serving in Finnish army

Alfa Romeo is difficult for factors this season (Picture: Getty)

In addition to safety with a multi-year deal, Alfa Romeo’s Ferrari powertrain has catapulted them up the grid. The Finn scored good factors with a sixth-place end in Bahrain however retired in Saudi Arabia regardless of working within the prime 10.

After the race, Bottas stated: “The engine temperatures stored rising, we have to examine what triggered that, however we needed to pull the automobile out as we didn’t need to lose the engine. It’s how racing goes, we now want to verify we remedy no matter difficulty it was and transfer on. Wanting on the positives, the automobile is admittedly good.

“We made one other step ahead from the earlier race, even within the begins. We had been doing a very good job and having fun with some shut battles: now let’s be certain we get again to scoring in Australia.”


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