Take one badass Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 driver, a couple of 800bhp drift cars, and the exclusive La La Land drift track in Abu Dhabi; and what do you get? Valtteri Bottas unleashed of course!
With only one more race remaining of the 2021 Formula 1 season, the 10-time Grand Prix winner took time out of his hectic schedule to meet up with the infamous UAE-based Monster Energy drift team Lunatics By Nature and let his wild side out.
Linking up with LBN Team member Dany Neville, Valtteri spent an afternoon shredding tyres, limiter bashing, and running door-to-door tandem drifts. “The sound of the V8 is incredible, and you can smell the melting rubber from the tyres. It’s really really cool,” explained Valtteri.
“I’ve taken part in a lot of rallies – I suppose I had done some drifting in a way – because the techniques of car control are very similar; but I hadn’t done anything like this before with a proper drift car and on a asphalt drift track.”
“I’ve been driving cars since I was six years old, so that for sure helps – but for sure the things that helped me the most is my experience from rallying. In rallying you are always sliding the car and controlling the throttle, the weight transfer, the balance, and everything very differently to how you would drive an F1 car.”
It’s no secret that the 32-year-old Fin can hustle anything on wheels; a quick online search of ‘Bottas drifting’ will show as much as you need to know. From Monaco to Monza, Goodwood to Lapland; Valtteri’s epic driving talents have won him an army of loyal fans across the globe in both Formula 1 and Rally.