The Mercedes AMG driver in Formula 1, Valtteri Bottas, is close to repeating his experience aboard a top-class rally car. According to DirtFish, the Finn could reappear with a WRC at the Artic Rally (January 14-16), a rally where he already has experience on cars in the same category.
Specifically, the Artic Rally Finland is one of the best-positioned events to replace Sweden, recently canceled. It is in several pools both for the similar dates (January) and the weather, with snow as the protagonist in its latest editions.
A month supposes very little time to prepare an entire WRC test (even before Monte-Carlo) so the organizers would be working on a similar rally, but heated during the month of February, totally free after what happened with Sweden.
Therefore, Bottas wouldn`t debut in a WRC event, but in the first scheduled for January. On this occasion, he would do it with a Hyundai i20 WRC supplied by 2C Competition, as Ole Christian Veiby did in Monza or Pierre-Louis Loubet in the rest of the 2020 appointments. Let us remember that the French team has two Korean units in its structure.
Bottas made his rally debut in 2019, in this same event, aboard an official M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC, finishing fifth. Specifically, with chassis 3, used by Teemu Suninen in several appointments of this campaign. A year later, this time on a PH Sport Citroën DS3 WRC, the Finn could be ninth, with Kalle Rovanperä as another guest star with the Yaris.