Now almost two decades ago, it was fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen who found himself at F1’s dominant team – McLaren-Mercedes – and he duly won back to back titles in 1998 and 1999.
Now, 48-year-old Hakkinen is a prominent member of Bottas’ management team, particularly with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff having to take a step back to avoid a conflict of interest.
Asked if he is happy to have Hakkinen in his corner, Bottas said: “Mika’s experience will definitely be useful to me.
“He has been in the same type of situation that I am in now — a new car that could also be a winning car. But Mika’s help is always useful and I listen to him carefully,” the 27-year-old added.