Valtteri Bottas on track for practice at the 2018 British Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas has pipped Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in a blustery Friday of practice at Silverstone.
It’s early days yet, but there could be trouble brewing at Mercedes — and if Ferrari can’t pull itself together, you’d better hope there is.

Valtteri Bottas has recaptured the lead of the championship standings with a flawless drive to victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to claim a record-breaking one-two finish for Mercedes.

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If you were to replay the 2018 Formula 1 season, you could pinpoint the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as the moment Valtteri Bottas’s championship campaign collapsed.

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Okay, it’s far too early to definitively declare Valtteri Bottas as a serious threat to the runaway championship train that is Lewis Hamilton, but you’ve got to admit that a sporting story beginning with several nights of heavy Scandinavian drinking has a certain appeal.
Only the bravest of punters would’ve tipped Valtteri Bottas to romp into the setting Melbourne sun at such a convincing canter at the first race of the season.
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Valtteri Bottas in his garage at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas must lift against teammate Lewis Hamilton to extend his Mercedes contract beyond 2019.
Valtteri Bottas on the grid at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.
With the seatless Esteban Ocon breathing down his neck, Valtteri Bottas needs a big 2019 to keep his Mercedes drive.
Lewis Hamilton an track during practice at the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix.
Mercedes needs to improve "lots of different things" to vie for pole at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas in his car at the 2018 United States Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas could be the difference between Hamilton winning the title this weekend and Vettel taking it one more round.
Mercedes cast Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton's wingman at the Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas in his garage at the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were untouchable in qualifying, leaving Sebastian Vettel third.
There's plenty of interest in this year's Russian Grand Prix beyond the appearance of Vladimir Putin.
Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas was flawless in qualifying to better his teammate in the battle for Austrian pole.
Valtteri Bottas in his garage at the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas has raised his game this year, even if the points don't show it.
Lewis Hamilton claimed a fortunate first victory of the season at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, inheriting the race lead after Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel’s races imploded in the last 10 laps.
Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas topped the first free practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, edging Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.035 seconds and blitzing Ferrari by more than two seconds.