It has been more than 1,100 days since Valtteri Bottas stood upon the top step of the Albert Park circuits’ podium in 2019 and finishing ahead of teammate Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen remains a highlight, three years on.
“That weekend in 2019 was probably one of my best races of my career so far. I felt like I was flying on Sunday, it was a beautiful feeling” said Bottas.
As the opening race of the 2019 season and the last time Formula 1 raced in Australia, the Melbourne triumph set the tone for a great year for Bottas who went on to finish second in the Drivers’ Championship.
“That season really started with a bang for me, especially the feelings were amplified because the end of 2018 was really tough for me, very challenging, but I felt like I was reborn in a way.”
The Finn started his 2022 campaign with Alfa Romeo with a 6th in Bahrain and an unfortunate DNF in Saudi Arabia but has shown pace that appears to be able to keep up, if not beat the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.
Record crowds are expected to welcome back the Formula 1 grid on 7th – 10th April 2022.