Bottas signs up for Paul Ricard rally event

Jamie Woodhouse


Valtteri Bottas will compete in the Rallycircuit Cote d’Azur event based at Paul Ricard next weekend as his rallying exploits continue.

The Mercedes man took his first steps into rallying this year and debuted at the Arctic event in his home country of Finland in January where he took a stage win and finished fifth overall in a Ford Fiesta.

And Bottas was back behind the wheel of a rally car last week when he tested his Citroen WRC car at Paul Ricard, home of the French Grand Prix.

Speaking to about his recent test, Bottas said: “I wanted to get comfortable with the car as I’m going to be doing the rally, and it’s the old spec WRC of Citroen.

“Our season is finished on Sunday evening, so I thought it would be nice to have some fun, race without any pressure.

“I enjoy rallying, I find it lots of fun. It’s on tarmac as well, and part of it is on the track, so it could be pretty suitable for me.

“I see it as a rally with quite low risk in terms of safety or anything. It seems like a nice event. It should be good fun and a good way to start the holidays.”

But while he enjoys rallying, Bottas said it’s too soon to say if he will look to compete regularly after his F1 days are done.

“It’s too early to say,” he confirmed.

“You never know what’s ahead in life or what’s going to happen, but at the moment I like it, it’s a fun thing for me to do, and it’s also good for me to drive something different, for my skills.

“I haven’t thought that far, I still see myself in F1 for quite some time, I’ve got lots to give and achieve and get into my goals.

“One day I’ll see, later, what I want to do. For the moment I find it a lot of fun. I would say never say never.”

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