Bottas to make rally debut in title-winning M-Sport Ford Fiesta

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11 Dec 2018, 22:37 IST
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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

Formulation One driver Valtteri Bottas will make his rally debut within the M-Sport Ford Fiesta Sebastien Ogier steered to World Rally Championship victory in 2018.

Mercedes man Bottas will compete within the automotive on the Arctic Lapland Rally in his homeland of Finland in January.

He shall be accompanied by co-driver Timo Rautiainen, who received the WRC title twice alongside Marcus Gronholm in 2000 and 2002.

“This can be a distinctive alternative to take a peek into the world of rallying,” stated Bottas. 

“It’s very new territory for me too, as I’ve no prior expertise of a World Rally automotive.

“Nonetheless, being the race automotive driver that I’m, you at all times go flat out regardless of the automobile you are driving in!”

Rautiainen instructed wrc.com: “It is a large problem as a result of Valtteri has by no means pushed in a rally earlier than, so he does not know something about tempo notes.

“The most important problem for him shall be to grasp the concept of tempo notes and deciding on an appropriate system.

“We’ll take a look at onboard movies and the system utilized by totally different drivers earlier than selecting, but it surely needs to be a easy technique.”

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