Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that he will race in the Arctic Rally for the fourth year in a row.
Alfa Romeo driver hails from Finland, so he is naturally a big rally fan and has competed in the race held within the Arctic Circle regularly in recent years.
His rally performance has steadily improved, with him finishing P6 in 2021, three places higher than where he finished in 2020, after which he claimed that he felt he was improving as a rally driver and that he was loving the challenge.
“We have improved compared to the ninth place of 2020,” Bottas said after finishing sixth in the 2021 Arctic Rally.
“I have become more and more familiar with the four-wheel drive and with the need to drive while listening to the navigator.”
“It’s a different challenge, because when I’m on the track I know the tracks by heart, while here there is something to improvise, and even when you have an idea of the route you don’t really know the conditions you will find.”
In 2022, he will take on such a challenge again with his usual navigator, Timo Rautiainen alongside him in the Citroen DS3 WR. Rautiainen has won 30 rallies, two World Rally Championships, and 60 rally races while driving with Marcus Gronholm.
The Arctic Rally will begin on January 14 and end the following day, spanning slightly under 800 kilometers across a range of terrains.