F1 | Bottas Takes Debut Rally Win (Video)

Missing out on the Formula One World Championship yet again, Valtteri Bottas started his winter holidays in fine style this week - taking his debut rally victory at the Rallycircuit Cote d’Azur event in France.

Bottas 2.0 may have failed in his ultimate goal of taking overall championship honours in Formula One this season, but the Finn did at least sign off the year in the best possible way earlier this week - swapping his Grand Prix machine for a WRC specification Citroen DS3 at the Rallycircuit Cote d'Azur event held at the Paul Ricard Grand Prix Circuit in southern France, and securing his first victory in rallying, following a fine fifth place at the Arctic Lapland Rally earlier this year.

Joining a packed field of varying rally specification machinery, Bottas would be in a class of his own at the head of the field, taking overall victory by some 50 seconds from the Skoda Fabia R5 of French road and rally driver Robert Consani, 27.

Bottas would be entered in one of five WRC spec machines at the French event, the Mercedes man topping a list of names that include Blancpain GT Series driver Simon Gachet and former F2 driver Dorian Boccolacci.

Bottas was Co driven by fellow Finn Marko Salminen.

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