So Valtteri Bottas became the 107th different driver to win a Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix on Sunday. The 5th from Finland, which is pretty astounding since we’ve only ever had 8 Finnish drivers race in the sport, and the first time we’ve had two Finns on the podium since Heiki Kovalainen won in Hungary in 2008.
I do like a good stat as you may know by now, but I also like to see good guys do well, so behind the stats the mere fact that Valtteri was stood on the top step of the podium was more than enough to put a smile on my face in Sochi on Sunday afternoon.
“If I didn’t think I could beat Lewis then I should stay at home” the race winner had told Ted Kravitz in a feature we broadcast on Sky F1 in our pre-race build up. It was a lovely feature too, where Valtteri took Ted back to his home town, showed him where he first went Karting, his school, the restaurant where they serve up the Bottas Burger, and also where our intrepid Paddock Reporter ended up in a frozen lake, all in the line of duty.