How Mercedes' lottery winner is targeting F1's jackpot

How Mercedes' lottery winner is targeting F1's jackpot

As calm out of the cockpit as he is within it, this man is a true product of his Finnish hometown - as Anthony Peacock learned on a visit to Nastola for the Valtteri Bottas Duathlon

There's a long main road stretching far into the distance, so similar to many others in Finland - dead straight, with just the occasional logging truck to overtake - lined by the ubiquitous pine trees, brooding lakes and little red log cabins: a Sibelius symphony framed within an archetypal landscape. The sun is setting and there's not a soul to be seen: during the Finnish summer, 8pm is appointed sauna time. Everything stops in a haze of steam and quiet contemplation.

But turn off the main road and approach the seemingly deserted town of Nastola (population: 14,000) and a few incongruous aspects will grab your attention. First, a goth-like man with a ponytail driving a beaten-up Lada that's at least 10 years older than he is. With the amount of smoke it's producing, he doesn't need to go home for a sauna.

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