Bottas is contesting the Arctic Rally in Finland in a Ford Fiesta WRC, co-driven by way of Timo Rautiainen – who gained two international championships along Marcus Gronholm within the early 2000s.

Despite the fact that Suninen might not be provide on the Rovaniemi-based tournament because it clashes with the WRC season-opening Monte Carlo Rally, he has given Bottas tips about what to anticipate.

“I do know him reasonably neatly, we’ve got the similar sponsor and that brings us in combination slightly bit,” Suninen instructed

“I might have favored to make a deeper cooperation, however there wasn’t this kind of very long time earlier than my first rally.

“We now have been involved at the phone speaking about what to anticipate, what he may combat with and the way he may get out of the issues.”

Suninen expects Bottas to combat with pacenotes and sharing the auto with someone else, in addition to the snowy stipulations.

“Using a four-wheel pressure automotive on those studded tyres may well be tricky,” Suninen mentioned.

“His thoughts will likely be telling him at all times the snow and ice are slippery, but when the stipulations are just right then he’ll have some truly just right grip.

“It is not going to be simple for him, he begins from 0 revel in – however OK, he is one of the crucial perfect drivers on the planet.

“I’m hoping he enjoys it, it is attention-grabbing to have some drivers coming from a special self-discipline.

“If I wasn’t in Monte then I might cross to Arctic Rally to toughen him and watch him.”

Bottas has already finished his first check forward of his rally debut, starting arrangements with mileage in a Staff N Mitsubishi Lancer earlier than checking out the Fiesta.


Ex-F1 racers Keke Rosberg and Mika Hakkinen have contested the Arctic Rally prior to now, and Bottas mentioned he were taking into account it for a while.

“It used to be about two years in the past when the speculation got here into my thoughts that using with a rally automotive can be a nice revel in,” Bottas instructed Finnish information channel YLE.

“Final yr I made up our minds that subsequent wintry weather it will occur. Then we began to assemble a group round us.

“Giant thank you already to everybody concerned and who provides their toughen for the undertaking. This will likely be needless to say a a laugh undertaking for all and with a bit of luck the effects can be OK.”

Bottas admitted there were the strange mistake all through trying out.

“It’s a part of the trade,” he mentioned. “We now have hit the snow a couple of instances, however fortunately now not an excessive amount of. In each check I’ve made a couple of errors and the shovel has been wanted, however not anything severe, not anything like touching timber.

“After we get started the contest, we will be able to pressure sensible. There are many skilled drivers competing who’re conversant in this Arctic Rally. A few of the ones drivers will even know probably the most levels by way of middle.

“For me, each flip and level are new. And so are the stipulations and the skin of the street which adjustments at all times and adjustments the grip.

“We will get started flippantly, with pace that feels just right to me. We can upload extra pace after I assume I might be able. We can, after all, pressure with complete drive, however taking into account my present revel in and abilities.”

The Arctic Lapland Rally is without doubt one of the hardest at the Finnish calendar, with 10 levels – 5 on Friday afternoon and 5 on Saturday – totalling 150 aggressive miles. The longest level of the development is a 26-miler operating at nighttime on Friday night time. 

Valtteri Bottas, Timo Rautiainen, M-Sport Ford Fiesta

Valtteri Bottas, Timo Rautiainen, M-Recreation Ford Fiesta

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