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For Formula One, Finland is a small country, but there have been consistently good drivers coming up, says Bottas.
For Formula One, Finland is a small country, but there have been consistently good drivers coming up, says Bottas.

F1 star Valtteri Bottas’ fast fashion

Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas speaks to Mint Indulge about F1 trends and his personal sense of style

Twenty-five-year old Finn Valtteri Bottas who drives for the Williams Martini F1 team is one of the sport’s most exciting talents. Bottas first came to F1 as a test driver with Williams in 2012 and sped through the ranks to compete in his first ever F1 race the very next season. Many a racing expert, including Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds, has described Bottas as one of the best up-and-coming drivers. And apart from being a fast growing racing superstar, Bottas also is considered as one of the best dressed men in the circuit. Bottas was in London recently for an event organized by clothing brand Hackett, a partner of the William Martini F1 team. He spoke to Mint Indulge about F1 trends and his personal sense of style. Edited excerpts from an email interview:

Finland used to be a rally-driving country. But now it seems to have become much more of an F1 country. What do you think is the reason behind this transformation?

I think there are still a lot of up-and-coming rally drivers, so I always think rally will be part of Finnish motorsport. For Formula One, Finland is a small country, but there have been consistently good drivers coming up. I think it depends how many people get through in rallying or Formula One.

When do you think Finland will get its first F1-grade circuit? Will we see another one after all these many, many years?

I hope one day. I know they are planning something, but it won’t be in the near future. For me, it will be amazing to see a proper home grand prix. Finland in the end is a motorsport country; I am sure it will be packed with people watching.

One of my readers wanted to know: would you like it if sprinklers were used to dampen racing surfaces? Would that make races more exciting and make teams think more on their feet?

I think it could be a good idea, but in some races the weather is already quite unpredictable. Those few races a year, where at some point of the weekend it rains, it always makes it tricky for the team but exciting for the fans. If there are some races which tend to be a bit more boring; it could be a good idea.

Will reintroduction of refuelling and removal of DRS (drag reduction system) make the sport more challenging?

I think it already its quite challenging. Any changes to those kind of rules could make it more challenging for the teams, and we are always looking for ways to improve the show for the fans.

If you had to change one thing about the modern sport of F1, what would it be?

More power!

Now for a bit about your taste in men’s clothing. What is the most-used part of your wardrobe? The item of clothing you wear most often? Why?

I always take sunglasses; I wear them often. I always wear watches; Oris watches are a part of our team and I love them.

What excites you about Hackett? The tradition? The cuts? The reliability?

I like Hackett’s tradition; the style is very traditional with a cool twist. For me, Hackett is the right balance of traditional and modern and offers the type of clothing I really like.

If you had to recommend just three things for a man to have in his wardrobe, what would they be?

A navy-blue blazer, a good pair of shoes and a nice shirt.

Who, according to you, is the best dressed man in F1?

Can I say me...but only when I am dressed in Hackett.

Final question: What are your top tips for stylish dressing? What are the rules that you follow yourself?

I think the most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you wear, and then normally it looks good as well. I think men need to be careful with colours; don’t mix mismatching colours. It’s always good to ask your girlfriend of wife for advice! If in doubt, always go to a Hackett store and they will sort you out.

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