Nov 2 2017 19:30

The Oxford Guild is delighted to welcome Valtteri Bottas, the Formula 1 Grand Prix Winning Mercedes driver from Finland (they just won this year’s world championship again), currently 3rd in the World Drivers Championship and the teammate of the World Champion Lewis Hamilton and previously Felipe Massa. Valtteri Bottas is flying specially to Oxford just before the season is over with the final two races of the season coming up, which is unprecedented!

We are delighted to have specially secured him as a keynote guest speaker for you and the talk and Q&A session will take place in the Oxford Town Hall, one of the largest venues in the city.

This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest and most fascinating events of the year – do not miss out on your seat! This is a truly unique and unprecedented opportunity to hear from and ask questions of such a high profile and prestigious speaker and one of the biggest names in sport and the high octane world of F1 with such a fascinating story in racing. DO NOT MISS OUT ON WHAT PROMISES TO BE A HIGHLY INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND EXCITING TALK AND OCCASION where you can hear from and ask questions of the man who has won the World Constructors’ Championship in 2017, won Grands Prix, raced with huge figures such as teammate Lewis Hamilton and stands 3rd in the World Drivers Championship at the moment! Get an inside look into the glitzy, glamourous and high stakes world of Formula One and hear the unique insider stories from Valterri! A wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening in Oxford before 5th week looms! The will be an opportunity for questions and if you would like to ballot for the chance to meet Valtteri Bottas and speak to him directly over drinks and take photos in a private reception please ballot using the form here: and email ASAP. WHEN: 7.30pm, Thursday 2nd November 2017 (4th week) WHERE: Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, OX1 1BX RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR FREE NOW HERE: Valtteri is considered to be one of the most exciting racers and young talents in Formula 1 and has recently renewed his Mercedes contract as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, having previously raced for Williams. He has consistently been a high performer and is known for his ice cool composure, nimble driving style and ability to learn quickly which makes him stand out from his racing peers. Born in August 1989 in Nastola, Finland, he was entered for his very first kart race at the age of six and over the ensuing decade, the karting circuits of Finland and Europe would become his home from home. He won numerous races and Championships and was a member of the Finnish national karting squad for seven years In 2007, at the age of 17, he made the step up to single-seater racing. Valtteri made his Formula One debut at Albert Park, Melbourne, in the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, thereby becoming the ninth driver from Finland to compete at this level. His debut season turned out to be a difficult one – but he at least outscored his team-mate Pastor Maldonado by four points to one. The era of the Hybrid Power Units in Formula One began in 2014. After a change of engine supplier at Williams, Valtteri was back in a Mercedes-powered vehicle for the first time since his spell in Formula 3. He registered his best season so far in the highest echelon of the sport, making six podium appearances and scoring 186 championship points to finish the campaign in fourth position, behind the Silver Arrows duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and three-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo. That year, Valtteri and his team-mate Felipe Massa secured third place for Williams in the Constructors’ Championship. His best results were two runner-up spots in the British and German Grands Prix. In the 2015 season, Valtteri once again outscored his team-mate Felipe Massa, despite missing out on the start of the season due to a back injury. He made two podium appearances and finished the year with 136 points. In the 2016 season, his fourth in Formula One, Valtteri secured his team’s sole podium finish, which came in the Canadian Grand Prix. He again came out on top in the internal contest against team-mate Felipe Massa by a score of 85 to 53 points. For the 2017 season, Valtteri signed to race for Mercedes, as teammate to Lewis Hamilton, replacing Nico Rosberg who retired after winning the 2016 Championship. This made him the 11th driver to compete in Formula One with the Silver Arrows, following in the footsteps of the great Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. He stands currently 3rd in the World Drivers Championship after having won 2 races (Russia & Austrian Grands Prix 2017) and received 10 podium places. This is yet another in a series of incredibly high profile speakers the Guild has lined up – we have been working industriously behind the scenes and would recommend you watch this space! Following one of the biggest speakers in the last 15 years in the form of Kanye West, and other great guest speakers such as Stormzy, Woody Harrelson, Nobel Prize winning Professor Yunus, Lil Jon, Martin Garrix to name a few, the illustrious and award winning Oxford Guild Society, after a great deal of hard work and extensive negotiations, is excited to bring you another huge figure from and one of the biggest speakers of the year. DO NOT MISS OUT ON ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND ENTERTAINING EVENTS OF TERM! Come to the Oxford Town Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd November to learn about Valtteri Bottas’ fascinating life journey, and the exciting world of Formula 1 and hear his unique stories during the course of his career! THE EVENT IS 100% FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!


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