Valtteri Bottas dropped his Citroen DS3 WRC during the shakedown and it was a bit of a faff getting pointed in the right direction again
Bottas made his rallying debut in this event last year and finished fifth, but this time around things weren’t quite so smooth. He had a tough first day, ending up 22nd, but recovered on day two to finish in ninth overall.
But things were difficult even before the rally started. During a shakedown stage, he clipped a snowbank a bit too hard and spun. Then he got stuck while trying to turn around, requiring the help of the ever-enthusiastic Finnish spectators to get going again.
(Skip to 1:00 for Bottas’s spin)
OK, ninth isn’t as good as his fifth place from last year (or his win in a French tarmac event in December), but it’s still pretty impressive. And if any F1 races in 2020 end up taking place in the snow, he’ll definitely have an advantage…