Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas finished sixth overall in the Arctic Rally in Finland, the opening round of the Finnish Rally Championship.

The Finn was testing Pirelli’s new WRC spec Sottozero, snow tyre that the company will debut next weekend at Rallye Monte Carlo as the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship which gets underway next weekend.

Speaking about the new tyre, Bottas commented saying:

“The new tyres I tried were very impressive,” “There was a big improvement on braking performance and traction. The high-speed behaviour and durability were also good, and I enjoyed the experience a lot.”

Pirelli’s rally activity manager Terenzio Testoni commented saying:

It was a fantastic debut for the new Sottozero WJ, designed for extreme snow and ice conditions, such as we saw on the Arctic Rally. We were very pleased by the extra grip delivered from this innovative tyre on a wide variety of cars, as even Valtteri Bottas was able to testify. Now we head straight to Rallye Monte-Carlo for our WRC return next week.

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