user icon's 2019 F1 driver rankings - #6 - Valtteri Bottas

  • Published on 18 Dec 2019 13:30
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  • By: Fergal Walsh & Harry Mattocks

After a disappointing 2018 campaign that saw him emerge from the season without a single race win, Valtteri Bottas was out with a point to prove in 2019 to boost his reputation.

Immediately, Bottas provided a strong impression as he took the lead of the Australian Grand Prix on the opening lap of the race, and dominated from thereon in – emerging as the winner.

Bottas followed the race win up with another commanding drive at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and held the lead of the championship after the opening four rounds, as the battle looked to be tight between the two Mercedes drivers.

However, a title challenge from Bottas soon faded away as he failed to take the chequered flag first in the rest of the first half of the season.

It was only in Japan, 13 races later, that Bottas found himself winning a race, and at that stage, the damage was already done. Bottas was 64 points behind Hamilton in the championship and conceded his challenge two races later in the USA.

Nevertheless, Bottas enjoyed a consistent year, capping off his strongest season in F1 to date. He scored five pole positions, four race wins and 15 podium finishes to end the year second in the drivers’ championship.

With one of Hamilton’s biggest strength being his qualifying, both men ended the season with five pole positions each. However, Bottas lagged behind in the overall head-to-head results in the intra-team fight.

  Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
Qualifying head-to-head 14 7
Race head-to-head 15 6
Average qualifying gap -0.122 +0.122


Coming off second best to Hamilton is far from an embarrassing defeat, but like any racer, Bottas wants to win. He wants to become the champion.

Doing so in 2020 will be a major task for the Finn, who will be doing work over the winter break to come back stronger than he has ever been next year, as it may not just be Hamilton he has to contend against.

Bottas showed some brilliant flashes of driving throughout the year, dominating in his race wins – should he raise his level that will allow him to showcase these untouchable drives, then there very well could be a new name engraved onto the world championship trophy in the coming years.

Bottas' best moment of 2019: Masterclass at COTA

After emerging on top in a closely fought qualifying session, Bottas was made work for the race win and battled Hamilton for the victory. Of course, Hamilton won the championship that race regardless, but it was clear that weekend, Bottas held the upper hand by quite a large margin. 

Bottas' worst moment of 2019: Crashing out in Germany

Chasing and overtaking Lance Stroll in the Racing Point should have been a relatively straightforward task for Bottas in Germany, however a mistake saw him lose control of the car and make contact with the barriers, ending the race in spectacular fashion. Had he held onto second place after overtaking Stroll, his gap to Hamilton in the championship would have been 22 points - not 41.


Race Ratings

9.0 7.0 8.0 9.5 8.5 8.5 5.0


7.5 7.0 9.0 4.0 8.5 8.0 8.5


7.0 7.0 10.0 8.0 10.0 7.0 9.5


Driver Rankings

#20 - Robert Kubica

#19 - Antonio Giovinazzi

#18 - Pierre Gasly

#17 - Romain Grosjean

#16 - Lance Stroll

#15 - Kevin Magnussen

#14 - Kimi Raikkonen

#13 - Daniil Kvyat

#12 - Nico Hulkenberg

#11 - Sebastian Vettel

#10 - George Russell

#9 - Daniel Ricciardo

#8 - Sergio Perez

#7 - Charles Leclerc

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  • xoya

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    I feel he shouls be placed between 4th and 6th so a pretty fair assessment overall.

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    • Dec 18 2019 - 15:00
    • He one of the least exciting characters on the grid. Liek a Kimi Raikkonen without a fun past. However, Valteri had a really good season. Sure, Lewis' was better, but Bottas was very consistent across the board. No silly mistakes, etc. I say that because I think many will be quite irked that Leclerc ended up behind him. Yes, Leclerc could have finished ahead in this rankings, but I don't think it's crazy that Valteri is ahead.

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      • Dec 18 2019 - 15:50
  • I don't necessarily find this rating unfair, however I'd personally put him in the top 10, but lower down. P7 or P8, mayhaps. He had a good season, but even in a good season Hammy won twice as many times vs Bottas.

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    • Dec 18 2019 - 17:19
  • So Norris/Albon, Sainz/Max, Lewis?

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    • Dec 18 2019 - 21:51
    • Apparently. I think Norris was awesome, but not top 5 awesome. Sainz, Lewis, and Max where all deserving of top 3. Albon... I still feel like his Red Bull stint was underwhelming. I didn't think he was better than Kvyat at Toro Rosso either. He is so damn far behind Max.

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      • Dec 18 2019 - 21:56

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