Mercedes F1 Team’s nine-time F1 race winner Valtteri Bottas finished the Tunturi Rally in sixth position which has been his third Arctic Rally finish in a row.
Bottas first took part in the Arctic Rally in January 2019 and recorded a stage win and finished fifth overall. In December of the same year, he won the Paul Ricard-based Rallycircuit Cote d’Azur. Last year, he returned to the Artic Rally , driving a Citroen DS3 WRC car. The Finn could not repeat his success from his first appearance of this event and ended up ninth overall.
The Nastola-born driver participated this year again in the Arctic Rally, driving a Citroen WRC car once again. He scored a class podium and finished sixth overall with his co-driver Timo Rautiainen.
Commenting on his third appearance in the Artic Rally, Bottas was delighted to finish at the sharp end of the field.
„We finished Tunturirally 2021 6th overall with. That’s our third Arctic Rally finish in a row. So much fun, yet challenging,” he said.
The overall win was clinched by Juho Hänninen and his co-driver Miika Teiskonen.
WRC announced earlier this month that Arctic Rally Finland will join the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship as a replacement for Rally Sweden and take place between February 26-28.
“Since it was confirmed in December that Rally Sweden would not take place, we’ve been working hard with AKK Sports, the city of Rovaniemi and the enthusiasts there to try to make this event happen,” said the WRC’s promotion manager Jona Siebel.
We finished @Tunturirally 2021 6th overall with Timo 🚙❄️ that’s our third Arctic Rally finish in a row.— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) January 16, 2021
So much fun, yet challenging 🇫🇮
Thank you @RautiainenTimo, @PH__Sport @NollaOy @pirellisport and everyone involved for the amazing week!#VB77 #Rally #Fun #Arctic pic.twitter.com/1bEcf56PiY