Rosberg v. Bottas

Mercedes had the whole field and then some to choose from. Last week, they settled on Valterri Bottas. How do they stack up at the time they joined Mercedes?

Nico Rosberg
Seasons in F1*: 4 
Previous team: Williams-Cosworth/Williams-Toyota
Debut result: 7th
% of teams points**: 72.2 
Highest Finish: 2nd
DNFs: 16
Highest av. start position: 8.1
Best season standing: 7

Valterri Bottas
Seasons in F1: 4
Previous Team: Williams-Mercedes
Debut result: 14th
% of team's points: 57.3
Highest Finish 2nd (2x)
DNFs: 7
Highest average start position:  6.2
Best season standing: 4th

  • Rosberg scored the highest ever points tally on Williams' Engineering aptitude test, administered to all new drivers at the time
  • Rosberg also raced in Finland, Bottas' home country, in his early karting days
  • Bottas' longest streak of podium finishes included Rosberg's home country of Germany in 2014. (A race which Rosberg won)
  • Bottas' all time points tally (411) is just 26 points less than what Rosberg achieved last season (385)
  • Both drivers live in Monaco because they "love the culture"***

* Pre-Mercedes

**Used to compare performance vs. teammates since total points fluctuates with the teams' performance. 

*** Did I say culture? I meant tax breaks...